PETALING JAYA: Budding shuttler Lydia Cheah is among the eight Malaysians who will feature in the Taiwan Invitational Under-19 Championships in Taipei from May 17-21.
The team for the inaugural tournament comprise four boys and three other girls. And Malaysia will compete in both the team and individual events.
The boys in the team are Liew Daren, Lee Hock Lai, Goh Yin Jing and Chin Tze Seong. Besides Lydia, the girls in the side are Haw Chiou Hwee, Goh Liu Ying and Yee Qui Hsiang.
The lanky 16-year-old Lydia has showed her potential to become a top national player with a runner-up finish in the National Grand Prix Finals in Ipoh last December.
Project 2010-2012 chief coach Rashid Sidek said that the tournament in Taipei was part of the shuttlers' preparations for the Asian Junior Championships, which will be held in Jakarta in July.
China, Indonesia and South Korea are also expected to send their juniors to compete in the tournament.
“I will use this tournament to gauge the performance of the eight shuttlers before finalising the squad for the Asian Juniors,” said Rashid.
Lydia and Liu Ying are from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) but gained selection after several convincing performances over the last few months.
The others players are all from Project 2010-2012 squad and they will be under pressure to perform in Taipei.
With several BJSS players, among them Chan Kwong Beng, Arif Latif and Lok Chong Chieh, showing marked improvement, the Project players will have to be at their best to convince Rashid that they are worthy of places in the team for the Asian Juniors.
Kwong Beng emerged as the Division Two champion in the Kedah Open last month.
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