Hungry Jin Wei to give her best on Superseries debut in Australia

PETALING JAYA: Competing at the Uber Cup Finals has whetted Goh Jin Wei’s appetite for more.

The 16-year-old world junior champion was a bright spark in Malaysia’s campaign in Kunshan, China, as she took world No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain to three games before losing 18-21, 22-20, 16-21 in 77 minutes.

The world No. 58, who also won the first leg of the National Circuit last month, is setting her sights higher as she makes her debut in a Superseries event – the Australian Open – in Sydney on Wednesday.

“Playing in the Uber Cup has helped me a lot. I got a first-hand experience on how strong the top players are and what they have to offer,” said Jin Wei.

“I’ve been training hard since the national circuit and I’m mentally and physically prepared for the challenge.

“Every match will be tough since this is a Superseries event ... my first target is to get past the first round.”

Jin Wei, who has won three international titles, faces world No. 21 Michelle Li of Canada in the first round.

If she wins, she can expect a tougher challenge from world No. 8 Saina Nehwal of India.

National women’s No. 1 Tee Jing Yi, who has recovered from an ankle injury, is also in the fray and she’s up against local shuttler Wendy Chen in the first round.