WOMAN doubles shuttler Ng Hui Ern is the baby of the Malaysian team but yesterday, she showed great maturity to clear the first round of the World Championships.
Together with her elder sister Ng Hui Lin, the 20-year-old Hui Ern displayed nerves of steel to beat Ukrainians Anna Kobceva-Elena Prus 21-14, 22-20 in 27 minutes in the first round.
They will take on 15th seeds Matsutomo Misaki-Ayaka Takahashi of Japan in the second round.
Hui Ern was happy that she did not show any sign of nerves but she admitted that she needs to tighten up her game.
After a convincing 21-14 win against the Ukrainians, they were made to sweat when their opponents levelled at 19-19 in the second game.
“I am happy to win my first match in my first world meet. It feels good,” said Hui Ern, who was quite dominant at the back of the court yesterday.
“But after the first game win, we started to relax and it almost got out of hand. Fortunately, we were able to restore the situation.”
Hui Lin was proud of her youngster sister’s show of confidence in her first world championships’ match and said that they hope to raise the level higher against the Japanese.
“It will be much tougher against the Japanese. They will keep coming at us and we anticipate a longer time on court. We will have to be mentally ready for them.
“The record stands at 1-1 against them. Hopefully, we will be able to take our chances well,” added Hui Lin.