KUALA LUMPUR: Former internationals Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern will not be able to attend the selection trials for the Uber Cup Finals starting at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara on Monday.
The two sisters are currently in the final year of their economics degree course at the Loughborough University in England.
But Hui Lin-Hui Ern, who are the country’s No. 1 ranked pair, have not given up hopes of representing Malaysia in the Finals from May 18-25 in New Delhi.
“We have already done our visas to India. We are willing to make all the arrangements to fly straight from England to India to save time. We will bring our books along too. These are the sacrifices that we are willing to make if we are selected for the Uber Cup,” said Hui Lin in a telephone interview from England.
Hui Lin and Hui Ern are expected to graduate in June and, so far, have proved that they can be equally good in sports and studies.
Besides maintaining a good cumulative grade point average (CGPA) every semester, the duo have also qualified for the World Championships in Copenhagen in August as the country’s top ranked women pair at No. 24 in the world.
The other Malaysian ranked pairs are world No. 30 Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho (37th) and Lim Yin Loo-Lee Meng Yean (45th).
“Hui Ern and I are happy to make the cut for the World Championships as the top pair. It has been three years since we left Malaysia to pursue our studies but it feels so good to achieve our highest world ranking.
“All our hard work and dedication to balance sports and studies have paid off,” said Hui Lin.
Besides the Uber Cup, the Ng sisters are also eyeing a place in the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in July.
Meanwhile, BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai said that the fate of Hui Lin-Hui Ern would be decided during the council meeting on May 3.
“We will reveal the 10 players for both the Thomas and Uber Cup teams after the meeting,” he added.