Yap, Meng Yean feels she can succeed with new partner


Lee Meng Yean (R) and Chow Mei Kuan in action. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: No mountain is too high to climb for doubles shuttler Lee Meng Yean.

The 27-year-old Meng Yean insists that she can get back into the top 10 although having to start all over again with new partner Yap Cheng Wen.

Meng Yean and former partner Chow Mei Kuan reached their career-best No. 10 in February this year but their partnership has ended with the retirement of Mei Kuan after the Tokyo Olympics.

Meng Yean said it all boiled down to how fast she could settle down with the 26-year-old Cheng Wen when they compete in the Denmark Open (Oct 19-24) and French Open (Oct 26-31).

Before that, she will get to play with Go Pei Kee in the Uber Cup Finals from Oct 9-17 in Aarhus, Denmark.

“Without Mei Kuan now, I might improve as I have not had anyone else as partner other than her over the last 10 years,” said Meng Yean, who has been named as the skipper of the Uber Cup squad.

“So I hope to settle down with a new partner as quickly as possible.

“I’m looking to win titles and break into the world’s top 10 again. I’m confident of doing that.”

But first she must find a way to click with Cheng Wen, who’s a southpaw, if they are to succeed.

“It poses a different challenge as Cheng Wen is a left-hander. There’s a lot changes in terms of tactical, so we’ll have to get it right in training,” said Meng Yean.

Like Meng Yean, Cheng Wen has also been without a regular partner after Vivian Hoo was dropped by BAM in February.

She has played with Anna Cheong for three tournaments and reached the final of Austrian Open for their best result to date.

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