Penang can expect Zhing Yi to add more zing to competition

NATIONAL women’s singles shuttler Tan Zhing Yi could spring a surprise for Penang in the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in the absence of her more illustrious teammate Goh Jin Wei.

With all attention on gold medal favourite Jin Wei before her decision to withdraw from the biennial Games to participate in the India International Challenge, Zhing Yi has gone largely under the radar.

But this could work in the 19-year-old’s favour and team manager Razlan Rajan Abdullah is optimistic she can produce an unexpected result.

“Zhing Yi is the darkhorse. Based on the draw, she is seeded fourth and I believe she can reach at least the semi-finals,” said Razlan.

Zhing Yi will be out to use the valuable experiences she gained in the Asian Championships and Uber Cup in May to make her presence felt in this year’s Sukma.

The youngster caught the eye in the Uber Cup Finals when she gave Thailand’s Busanan Ongbumrungphan a tough fight in the first game before going down 19-21, 6-21.

Zhing Yi, who has received a first-round bye, could face her first real test in the quarter-finals against Federal Territories’ Ong Xin Yee.

Meanwhile, Razlan is also banking on men’s singles shuttler Lee Shun Yang and mixed doubles pair Chong Hon Jian-Teoh Lexuan for honours.

Shun Yang, however, faces an uphill battle to retain the gold won by Tan Jia Wei in the previous edition in 2018 in Perak.

With Johor’s Ng Tze Yong the strong favourite for the title, Shun Yang could be left to battle it out with the likes of 2018 silver medallist Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin of Selangor and Federal Territories’ Leong Jun Hao and Lim Chong King for second and third place.

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