PETALING JAYA: Will Cheam June Wei, Goh Jin Wei and S. Kisona be able to produce their best at the Spain Masters next week?
June Wei, Jin Wei and Kisona are part of the national team whose training were affected with the closure of the training centre for a short time due to the Covid-19 pandemic last month.
Some of the players were tested Covid-19 positive but they have gone through treatment and the training at the centre had resumed with the standard operating procedures being strictly followed.
The unseeded June Wei has a relatively easy path in the men’s singles event in Huelva from May 18-23 but the Malaysian should not take anyone for granted.
He has been drawn against Chirag Sen of India in the first round.
If he wins, he will take on eighth seed Felix Burestedt of Sweden in the second round.
The other seeded players in his half are top seed Shesar Hiren of Indonesia and fourth seed Subhankar Dey of India.
The players to watch out for from the lower half are second seed Toma Junior Popov of France, fifth seed Pablo Abian of Spain and seventh seed Ajay Jayaram of India.
The unseeded players with potential to win are Lee Dong-keun of South Korea and Ihsan Maulana from Indonesia.
It’s June Wei’s second tournament in Europe this year. The 24-year-old June Wei – ranked 78th in the world – lost to K. Srikanth of India in the second round of the Orleans Masters in France in March.
SEA Games women singles champions Jin Wei and Kisona have tougher routes in the Spain Masters but it’s unsure whether they will make the trip to Europe again.
The 2017 Kuala Lumpur Games winner Jin Wei should win her first-round match against Switzerland’s Jenjira Stadelmann but it’s tricky against second seed Line Kjaersfledt of Denmark in the second.
It’s a challenge for the 2019 SEA Games gold medallist Kisona as she faces world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the first round.