NATIONAL men’s singles shuttler Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin (pic) is out to prove that he can close the gap between himself and Ng Tze Yong when the two clash in the semi-finals of the Malaysia Games (Sukma) today.
Tze Yong has established himself as the top player in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) but the search for two others to back him up is still going on.
And Aidil hopes to show that he can be the number two behind Tze Yong.
“Tze Yong and I are of the same age (22) and we are from the same batch. But he has overtaken me in terms of performances and results. He has improved so much while I am still lagging behind. I hope to catch up soon,” said Aidil.
The youngster knows he needs to work much harder as he is currently ranked 94th in the world while Tze Yong has risen to No. 36.
Aidil admitted that he would face a tough task in his match-up against Tze Yong today but has promised to fight until the end.
“I know it will be tough against him but I will go all out,” added Aidil, who won silver for Selangor in the last edition in 2018 in Perak.
Yesterday, the youngster had secured a dominant 21-19, 21-15 win over Melaka’s Ong Ken Yon in his last-eight match while Johor’s Tze Yong was equally commanding in his 21-13, 21-12 victory over Pahang’s Chia Jeng Hon.
The other semi-final will be between Federal Territories’ Leong Jun Hao and Kedah’s Jacky Kok.
In the women’s singles, Selangor’s K. Letshanaa stunned second seed Myisha Khairul of Johor to set up a match against Penang’s Tan Zhing Yi for a place in the final.
The other last four tie will pit another Selangor player, Siti Nurshuhaini Azman against Federal Territories’ Amanda Yap.