Valeree says double duty too much to handle

Mixed feelings: Valeree and Chen Tang Jie competing against China’s Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping during their mixed doubles quarter-final match at the Indonesia Open on June 17. — AP

PETALING JAYA: Valeree Siow just wants to do well and not focus too much on hitting targets.

The 20-year-old Valeree will compete in both doubles events in the Malaysian Open which starts on Tuesday until July 3.

And she admitted that the dual role will not be an easy task to handle.

“This is my first time taking part. I have not set a target because I know it will be difficult in a high-level competition,” she explained.

Valeree recently teamed up with Low Yeen Yuan in women’s doubles and Chen Tang Jie in the mixed.

She said currently they do not have a good record in tournaments and still have a long way to go.

“Our previous performances and results were not that good, so I just hope that we get to give our best in front of the home fans.

“We still have so much more to improve, especially on the mental and physical aspects.

“Since our partnership is still new, I think it is more important to gain experience and work from there,” she added.

Valeree and Tang Jie face a difficult start in mixed doubles against Japan’s 16th ranked Yuki Kaneko-Misaki Matsutomo.

And it does not get any better in the doubles as she and Yeen Yuan will take on Germany’s world No. 24 Linda Efler-Isabel Lohau.“Preparations have gone well so far. But honestly I don’t have high expectations playing against the Japanese and German pairs. We’ll go in and give it our best shot,” said Valeree.

She also pointed out that time was also a major factor that she has played down her chances.

“In the recent Indonesia Open, we prepared in a rush trying to figure out the best combination.

“Like I said, I will try my best to do my part and hope for the best.”

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