Amelia Anscelly and Soong Fie Cho (left) have used their good friendship to help them on court. At the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold, they will face China's Huang Yaqiang-Yu Xiaohan in the quarter-finals.
PASIR GUDANG: In the absence of Myanmar SEA Games women’s doubles champions Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo, the spotlight is on Sabahans Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho to step up to the plate in the ongoing Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold.
The duo did just that on Thursday by checking into the quarter-finals at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium after a hard-fought 21-17, 21-16 win over Chaladchalam Chayanit-Peeraya Munkitamorn of Thailand.
They will take on China’s aspiring juniors, Huang Yaqiang-Yu Xiaohan, in the last eight on Friday – and another round of good showing will justify their status as the country’s second best women’s pair.
Amelia and Fie Cho, bosom buddies from young, are glad that their close-knit friendship brought them together on the badminton court.
“We have been playing together in the national team for only one and a half years although we have known each other for a very long time,” said the 26-year-old Amelia.
“I joined BAM’s (Badminton Association of Malaysia) Academy in Form 1. Whenever I went back to the state for short breaks, I would catch up with my childhood friend Fie Cho by playing badminton.
“Fortunately, our dream to play badminton together for Malaysia materialised when Fie Cho finally joined me at BAM one and a half years ago.”
Their partnership got off to a brilliant start when they won their first international title at the 2013 Iran International in February.
Fie Cho said that they had enjoyed steady progress but have yet to make any major breakthroughs.
“We came very close to winning our first GP Gold title last year but lost in the final in Vietnam. We can work so well together and I believe we have a lot of room for improvement,” added Fie Cho, who hopes to go far in the home tournament.
A good showing will certainly justify their selection for the Uber Cup Finals squad.
Besides Amelia-Fie Cho, Lim Yin Loo-Lee Meng Yean also made it to the women’s doubles quarter-finals. They will next take on third seeds Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei of Singapore.