Tee Jing Yi, ranked No. 50 in the world, defeated Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt (world No. 45), Germany’s Karin Schnaase (No. 36) and Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi (No. 13) at the Uber Cup Finals.
NEW DELHI: Tee Jing Yi is hoping that the confidence she has gained from the Uber Cup campaign will propel her towards a big breakthrough in her Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow in July.
Jing Yi will carry Malaysia’s challenge in the women’s singles at the Commonwealth Games and is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Wong Mew Choo.
Mew Choo bagged a silver at the last Commonwealth Games, ironically in New Delhi, four years ago.
Jing Yi had unexpectedly won all three matches in the Uber Cup Finals here in straight games against higher-ranked opponents although Malaysia failed to reach the quarter-finals.
The 23-year-old, who is world No. 50, defeated Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt (world No. 45), Germany’s Karin Schnaase (No. 36) and Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi (No. 13).
It was only a few months ago that Jing Yi was contemplating quitting the sport after leaving the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) stable.
She was persuaded to rejoin the national fold at the start of the year – and she has not regretted her decision.
“I did a lot of thinking when I was out of the national team. I told myself that I am still young, so why not give it another shot and see how far I can go.
“I guess I’m more mature now ... I don’t allow my emotions to get the better of me.
“I’m calmer and do not play according my opponent’s tune.
“My court coverage has improved and I have to thank coach Wong Tat Meng, who has worked hard to improve the women’s singles department.
”My focus is to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games,” said Jing Yi, who won the Iran Open earlier this year.
The young Malaysian team completed their Uber Cup campaign with a 5-0 win over Germany on Wednesday – a victory that came too late, having earlier lost 3-2 to Denmark and 4-1 to Japan.
“If we had beaten Denmark in our opening tie, we would still be in the competition,” said women’s doubles coach Rosman Razak.
“Overall, everyone performed to her ability. This team is young, with an average age of 22-24.
“We hope they’ll get more exposure and build on the experience as this will be our team for the future.
“They’ve shown that they have the potential to beat opponents ranked at the same level. The challenge now is for them to work harder and beat those in the top 10.”