PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles pair Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei and women’s doubles pair Yap Ling-Teoh Mei Xing can count themselves lucky after making the top 32 main draw of the Swiss Open in Basel from March 2-7.
It’s their first tournament after more than a year of waiting.
The US$140,000 (RM566,000) meet is the season-opening event of the World Tour as well as an Olympics qualifier.
The world No. 57 Tang Jie-Yen Wei and No. 67 Yap Ling-Mei Xing made it following the absence of Japanese and Chinese players, who had also skipped the recent Asian leg this month.
“I’m really glad that Yen Wei and I have made the cut despite our low ranking, ” said Tang Jie.
“I can’t wait to get cracking again and make the most of this opportunity.
“I last competed in the Bangladesh International in men’s doubles (with Choong Hon Jian) in December 2019. With Yen Wei, it was even longer dating back to October 2019 at the Indonesian Masters, she was down with an injury after that.”
Malaysia will be represented by a full-strength side which will include all the top independent shuttlers.
Lee Zii Jia, who flopped in Bangkok, will be looking to bounce back in Basel and will be joined by Liew Daren in the men’s singles contest.
The other shuttlers in the main draw are Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani (men’s doubles); Soniia Cheah (women’s singles); Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen and Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah (women’s doubles); and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See.