KUALA LUMPUR: After a five-month hiatus, Emma Firyana Saroji (pic) returned to lawn bowling with a bang.
The national athlete spent five long months recovering from an ankle surgery but came good at Bukit Kiara on Wednesday by winning the National Lawn Bowls women’s singles title.
She defeated Kedah’s Nurul Alia Fitrah Mohd Ali 19-13 in the final. Earlier, in the semi-finals, she edged Nur Izati Ibrahim of Perak 17-16.
Yesterday, Emma and nine other women bowlers left for Manila for a one-week training session to prepare for the SEA Games which will be held in the Philippines from Nov 30 to Dec 11.
The 33-year-old Emma was happy to be back in the national team after her surgery in January.
“I missed training for the last five months and I am glad that I won the national singles title to earn back my place in the national team.
“My life is all about lawn bowls and I want to continue to train and play for the country for many many more years,” said Emma, who has represented Malaysia for the last 15 years.
“Now that I am back in the national team, I want to help Malaysia win medals in competitions. I am also looking forward to training with the Philippines athletes in Manila and also to test out the venue for SEA Games,” said Emma.
Last year was a remarkable year for Emma as she won gold in the pairs event with Siti Zalina Ahmad in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
She also won gold in the Asian Championships in Henan, China in the pairs and bronze in the singles.
Emma, who won the singles title in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017, was sad that there is no singles event in the Philippines Games,
“There are pairs, triples and fours events in the Philippines Games and I am not sure I will feature in which event. But it does not matter as my goal is to help Malaysia win gold,” said Emma, who also won a gold medal by partnering Azlina Arshad in the 2007 Korat SEA Games.
Emma, who is pursuing a degree in management organisation at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), said that her aim next year is to feature in the World Championships in the Gold Coast from May 23 to June 7 and win a medal.