Ling Ching making fine progress with fighting display in Lucknow

PETALING JAYA: Women’s singles coach K. Yogendran believes Wong Ling Ching is progressing well after her encouraging performances of late.

World No. 83 Ling Ching gave Taiwan’s world No. 25 Wen Chi-hsu a run for her money before going down fighting 21-19, 17-21, 15-21 in the quarter-finals of the Syed Modi International in Lucknow on Friday.

It was a promising show from Ling Ching in her maiden World Tour Super 300 competition.

The performance also came just two weeks after the 20-year-old had finished runner-up in her first international tournament final at the Malaysian International Challenge.

“I can see that Ling Ching has been playing with more confidence since reaching the final of the Malaysian tourney,” said Yogendran.

“She lost in the last eight but played well against her much higher ranked opponent in her first Super 300 tournament.

“There’s still work that needs to be done when she gets back to Malaysia but she’s on the right track.

“It’s good that she’s getting to play against higher ranked players.

“Her performances will give her more motivation to train harder and keep progressing well,” added Yogendran.

Ling Ching is currently the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) No. 2 in the women’s singles behind K. Letshanaa, who is ranked 70th in the world.

Both will next compete in the Indian Masters, which starts on Tuesday.

Ling Ching has a tough task in the opening round against Thailand’s world No. 15 Supanida Katethong while Letshanaa will play a qualifier in the first round.

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