Mew Choo wants top flight matches to move up the rankings


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  • Friday, 01 Aug 2003

MALAYSIAN women singles player Wong Mew Choo is getting serious about her game and is hoping she will be given more international assignments to work her way up the world rankings.  

Mew Choo, whose campaign in the World Championships came to an end after she lost to reigning Olympic and world champion Gong Ruina on Wednesday, said she wanted to see how far she can go.  

“If I want to do something, I want to achieve my best. I have made badminton my priority and the next few years will be important for me.  

“I will try my best to improve on my world rankings next year and try to qualify for the Olympics.  

“If I can go for more competitions, it will help me gain more experience,” said the 20 year-old. 

Chan Chia Fong was the last Malaysian woman player to feature in the Olympics in Atlanta '96.  

Mew Choo, who is currently ranked a lowly 121st in the world, certainly needs plenty of that.  

Her lack of experience proved to be her downfall in the clash against Ruina. 

Mew Choo, who brushed aside Finland's Nina Weckstrom 11-2, 11-4 on Tuesday, failed to respond when the fourth seeded Chinese player changed her tactics halfway in the first game.  

Mew Choo had already taken a 6-0 lead by then but eventually fizzled out as Ruina went on to win 11-6, 11-3.  

“In the first game, I started okay but she changed her technique after that and I became confused.  

“She served low and I hit the shuttle out.”  

Her sister, Miew Kheng also lost to Ruina in the second round of the previous World Championships in Seville.  

Mew Choo admitted that she was not good at varying her game at this moment.  

“That is what I need to work on,” added Mew Choo.  

The Ipoh-born player has benefited from training under national singles head coach Misbun Sidek.  

Misbun had the two sisters train with the men's team.  

As a result, her fitness and physical levels have improved considerably.  

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