Nurshuhaini-Nurfirdaus: A family that plays together stays together

Siblings in sync: Mohd Nurfirdaus and Siti Nurshuhaini.

PETALING JAYA: The Azman siblings, Siti Nurshuhaini and Mohd Nurfirdaus, have stolen the spotlight within a year of joining the national badminton team.

Nurshuhaini, who turned 17 this month, was surprisingly named in the squad for the Uber Cup Finals scheduled from Oct 9-17 in Aarhus, Denmark. She will join seniors S. Kisona, Goh Jin Wei, Eoon Qi Xuan and K. Letshanaa for the team event.

She is currently training under the national junior team headed by Datuk Misbun Sidek.

Last month, elder brother Nurfirdaus made the news when he won his first doubles international title with Yap Roy King at the Latvia International.

Nurshuhaini, a Form Five student, is just thrilled to play in the Finals.

“I was surprised when I received a call saying that I’ve been selected. At 17, I will be representing Malaysia in the Uber Cup... I didn’t expect it but I’m grateful for the opportunity,” said Nurshuhaini, who finished second to Letshanaa in the selection trial that ended on Friday.

“I was invited to join the Bukit Jalil Sports School when I was in Form One but I declined as I wanted to be with my family but when the opportunity came again last year, I took it (together with 19-year-old Nurfirdaus).”

Nurshuhaini said she had never played against Kisona, Jin Wei and Qi Xuan but was just looking forward to bond with the more experienced players.

“I may not get to play at the Finals but I believe the experience will be valuable. I want to learn from my seniors and the top players from other countries,” added Nurshuhaini, who won the National Schools (MSSM) Under-15 title in 2019.

Badminton has been part of her life since she was a kid as her father is the founder and coach at Azman Amman Badminton Academy which was set up in 2005.

Nurshuhaini is the youngest of seven siblings and except for her eldest brother, all her other siblings play the sport.

It looks like another Sidek family is in the making.

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