Sunday, 24 August 2014 | MYT 8:29 PM
Early exit awaits injured Jing Yi and Sannatasah
Shuttler Tee Jing Yi also competed at the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with a strapped knee.
COPENHAGEN: Injury and inexperience may result in women’s singles players Tee Jing Yi and Sannatasah Saniru making an early exit.
Jing Yi, who has been carrying a knee injury, will be playing Michelle Chan of Hong Kong in the first round but may find it physically challenging against Spain’s Carolina Marin next.
National singles coach Rashid Sidek said that Jing Yi had been putting a brave front during training with her knee heavily strapped.
“Jing Yi is a fighter and she is able to carry on thus far,” said Rashid.
Sannatasah, the only professional player to qualify for the world meet, is out to gain exposure.
“I left BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) last year and this year, I have qualified for my first world meet. That is an achievement but it will be difficult to go very far here,” said Sannatasah, who is currently being sponsored by SPA (Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam) and coached by Razif Sidek.
Sannatasah will face England’s Sarah Walker in the first round today and if she wins, she will be up against South Korea’s Sung ji-hyun.