PETALING JAYA: The women shuttlers have always been the weak link in the Sudirman Cup and it will be no different this time.
Although the odds are stacked against them, singles players S. Kisona, Eoon Qi Xuan and K. Letshanaa believe that they have nothing to lose as they are driven with a mission to improve their credentials in the world mixed team event starting tomorrow in Vantaa, Finland.
World No. 53 Kisona will probably get to see more action in Group D, which comprises Japan, England and Egypt but world No. 133 Qi Xuan does not want to miss the excitement too.
She is just thrilled to be part of the team in her Sudirman Cup debut.
“I’ll face higher-ranked players if I’m fielded and I will use that opportunity to gain as much experience as possible. It all depends on the coaches’ decision but I’ll be ready,” said Qi Xuan.
Kisona, who may play one of the Japan’s top two players – Nozomi Okuhara or Akane Yamaguchi in the group tie said: “The training and preparation has been good here so far.”
In the women’s doubles, Malaysia will surely field Swiss Open champions Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah although they have the options to give Yap Ling-Yeoh Mei Xing a taste of the action. The others in the team are Lee Zii Jia, Ng Tze Yong, Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin (men’s singles); Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun (men’s doubles) and Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See, Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei (mixed doubles).