National women's shuttler Tee Jing Yi is saddened by the MH17 tragedy and vows to give her best at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow starting on Wednesday. - Filepic
GLASGOW: Commonwealth Games debutant Tee Jing Yi is sad about the fate of the passengers of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
She is filled with sorrow for the 298 passengers who perished when the plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.
The 23-year-old Penangite, who arrived in Glasgow on Saturday, said she was shocked when she heard about the incident.
“It is sad that innocent people, including more than 80 children, died in the incident. It’s a gloomy day for Malaysia,” she said.
“Despite the incident, we promise we will give our best at the Commonwealth Games to honour them.”
Jing Yi, who did well to win all three matches in the Uber Cup Finals in New Delhi in May in straight games, hopes to win more than one medal in Glasgow.
“I believe we have a good chance to win the bronze in the team event despite not having the services of Lee Chong Wei (who is nursing a hamstring injury).
“I also want to go all out and nail a medal in the women’s singles,” said Jing Yi, whose chances of winning a medal in the women’s singles have been boosted by the absence of defending champion Saina Nehwal.
The Indian shuttler is recovering from blisters on her leg, which she suffered at the Australian Open recently.
India’s challenge will now be led by teenage debutant P.V. Sindhu. The 19-year-old, the world No. 11, is the top seed. She won the bronze in the World Championships last year.
Canada’s Li Michelle, ranked 20th in the world, is the second seed and Singapore’s world No. 27 Ju Guan is the third seed.
World No. 33 Jing Yi, who won the Iran Open early this year, is the fourth seed.
Former national ace Wong Mew Choo reached the final in New Delhi in 2010 before losing to Saina.