Tee Jing Yi, who won the Iran International title last month, is now more focused on her career after re-joining BAM in December last year. - Filepic
PASIR GUDANG: Malaysia’s top women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi’s victory at the Iran International last month may have gone unnoticed but it has been a huge morale booster.
On Wednesday, she showcased her new-found confidence by marching into the second round of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium here with a convincing 21-18, 21-14 win over fourth seed Aprilla Yuswandari of Indonesia.
The unseeded Jing Yi will take on Japan’s former No. 1 Sayaka Sato on Thursday. The Japanese is playing in her first international tournament after coming out from an injury and slump.
Jing Yi quit badminton in November last year because she was frustrated with her career but thanks to some coaxing from those who believe in her abilities, she made a return a month later.
The world No. 52 Jing Yi said that she is more relaxed now as she knows exactly what she wants out of badminton.
“I was quite lost at that time (when I quit) but now, I am clear of what I want. The Iran International was just a satellite tournament but it felt good to taste success again,” said Jing Yi.
Before the small success in Iran, she struggled to come good in the first three tournaments of the year. She lost in the first round of the Korea and Malaysia Opens in January and crashed out in the quarter-finals of the India Open GP Gold in February.
“I am getting my touch back and hope to keep the momentum going,” added Jing Yi, who has vowed to stay focused in her match against Sato.
Jing Yi is the only Malaysian left in the women’s singles category after the defeats of Lim Yin Fun and Yang Li Lian on Wednesday.