Ng Hui Lin (right), seen here with her sister Hui Ern, is back in Malaysia after graduating from the UK. Her sister will be back in two weeks time. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: For Ng Hui Lin, home is where the heart is.
The former national women’s doubles shuttler is finally back home after spending three years in England to pursue her Economics degree at the Loughborough University.
And now, she’s ready to fully focus on her badminton career.
She will meet up with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff on Sunday to discuss the possibility of returning to the national fold.
Over the last three years, Hui Lin had proved that her passion for badminton never diminished despite her hectic schedule as a student.
In fact, she and her younger sister Hui Ern pulled off a commendable feat by qualifying for the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, from Aug 25-31 by virtue of being the highest-ranked Malaysian pair at world No. 24 at the time. They are now ranked 29th, seven rungs below national No. 1 pair Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo at 22nd spot.
The 24-year-old Hui Lin, now with a degree in hand, is just happy to be back.
“When I got back home a few a days ago, my parents were waiting for me and there was food laid out on the table. It just feels so good to be back home for good ... it’s an indescribable feeling,” said Hui Lin.
“In England, I had to cook on my own and fend for myself. Throughout the three years, the hope of returning to the national badminton team kept me going. Now, I can focus completely on my badminton career.”
If everything works out well for Hui Lin and Hui Ern, they will get to start training under national women’s doubles coach Rosman Razak and challenge for a place in the squad for the Asian Games, to be held in Incheon City, South Korea, from Sept 19-Oct 4.
“I’m meeting the BAM president on Sunday to discuss the possibility of us rejoining the national team. I’m open to suggestions to playing in both the women’s and mixed doubles events ... I’m keeping my option open,” said Hui Lin, who was once ranked in the world top 16 in the mixed doubles event with Koo Kien Keat.
“I’ll wait for my sister to come back in two weeks’ time. She has some stuff to settle over there. Then, we’ll focus on our preparations for the World Championships.
“We will take part in the Australian Open (June 24-29) to fine-tune our combination. As for the world meet, it will be great to go as far as possible and make our country proud.”
Malaysia will also be represented by Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo in the women’s doubles in Copenhagen.