Teh Min Jie (right) playing against Delia Arnold in a file photo. Min Jie has to fight fellow juniors Rachel Arnold, Vanessa Raj and Zulhijjah Azan for the final spot on the women's senior squad.
PETALING JAYA: Seventeen-year-old Teh Min Jie may have aced her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with 10As, but the real work begins on the squash court where she is targeting a spot in the women’s senior squad.
She will be taking part in the selection trials to join the team for the upcoming Asian Team Championship, Commonwealth and Asian Games, as well as the Women’s World Team Championship.
Kedah-born Min Jie, who studied at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), was one of the high achievers when the SPM results were announced last month.
The petite Min Jie, currently ranked at a career-high of No. 107 in the world, is ready to give her squash career the push it needs when she participates in the selection trials at the end of this month alongside fellow juniors Rachel Arnold, Vanessa Raj and national No. 4 Zulhijjah Azan.
The selection is only for the fourth member of the team, with world No. 1 Nicol David, world No. 7 Low Wee Wern and national No. 3 Delia Arnold automatically occupying the top three slots.
“I’m happy to receive good grades for my studies and now I just want to try my best in squash, especially since I’ve given myself two years to make the push,” said Min Jie, who turns 18 on May 12.
“To be able to make the team would be a major achievement in my career and a massive boost for me too.
“The competition will be tough but I don’t see why I can’t give myself a chance, especially since I’ve beaten all my competition in the past,” added Min Jie.
She has regularly beaten both Rachel and Vanessa – the top two girls in the country in the past and scored an impressive win over Zulhijjah in the first round of the NSC Series No. 2 last year.
With 23-year-old Zulhijjah, who is the most experienced of the quartet, not playing well recently, it will be down to Min Jie to make her own opportunities.
The men’s trials will see retired former world No. 10 Mohd Azlan Iskandar battling it out with Valentino Bon Jovi Bong, Elvinn Keo and youngsters Sanjay Singh Chal and Mohd Addeen Idrakie for the right to join Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan, Ong Beng Hee and Ivan Yuen in the team.