An early exit, but there is still hope

BANGKOK: The appearance of the national team for the Uber Cup 2022, which had to ‘pack its bags early’ after being eliminated in the group stage, is not something that is a surprise for Malaysian sports fans.

In fact, many did not pin high hopes on the women’s squad to bring surprise by reaching the quarter-finals after being drawn alongside two big teams, Thailand and Denmark in Group C, due to a shuttle performance that hasn’t shone great lately.

Despite failing to make it to the quarterfinals after last succeeding in the 2010 edition, there is still a glimmer of hope for the women’s team to provide better competition in the future.

Malaysia Badminton Singles Training Director (BAM) Wong Choong Hann said based on his assessment that several novices, such as Myisha Mohd Khairul, 19, and Tan Zhing Yi, 18, have shown positive performances and have a bright future.

He said two players stole his attention based on their gameplay pattern as well as encouraging performance despite facing shuttles that ranked much better than them.

“Myisha and Zhing Yi are promising and technically very impressive, although they have just been promoted from juniors to seniors.

“We will continue to train them to become stronger shuttles, but I believe they both need a little more time to become better players,” he told Bernama.

Although it was seen that Myisha’s involvement in the national badminton scene only opened the eyes of the public after winning the Dutch International Series 2022 last month, Choong Hann said her achievement was proof that BAM was right to expose the younger shuttles.

“Myisha was nobody before, what was her achievement at the junior level before this? “People see Myisha stand out all of a sudden, but they don’t know we’ve exposed her before,” he said.

He therefore said that BAM is really accelerating the pace to provide adequate exposure to younger players in an effort to improve their performance in the future and is confident that the strategy will show a positive impact in a year or two.

Myisha, who was given the opportunity to play in all three Group C matches, recorded a win against Doha Hany from Egypt 21-5, 21-19 yesterday, in addition to showing a commendable performance even though she lost to Line Kjaerfeldt from Denmark 12-21, 9 -21, as well as host shuttleler Pornpawee Chochuwong 20-22, 10-21.

Zhing Yi showed high fighting spirit despite losing to Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand 21-19, 21-6, but ended her challenge with a victory over Nour Ahmed Youssri of Egypt, 21-12, 21-14.

Meanwhile, Choong Hann was pleased with the performance of the best female singles player in the country, S. Kisone, although the 2019 SEA Games champion failed to record victory in the only match she played against Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in which she lost 14-21, 15-21.

He said Kisona may have been burdened with taking responsibility as the main player in the individual state after the absence of Sonia Cheah, as well as Goh Jin Wei who chose a professional path and still struggled to show his best performance, especially against the best players in the world.

In this regard, he said that Kisona is still the main player for the women’s team and that it would be unfair to reject her because he believes she needs enough time to return to her best performance after winning gold at the SEA Games almost three years ago. in Manila.

He was also pleased with the performance of Jin Wei, who sometimes played as in her peak when she was a two-time world junior champion, in 2015 and 2018.

Overall, the Bangkok team is better and more balanced than the last edition in Aarhus, although they were again knocked out in the group stage, he added.

Meanwhile, doubles coach Rexy Mainaky admitted that Anne Ching’s second national defeat Yik Cheong-Teoh Mei Xing against Denmark’s Alexandre Boje-Amelie Magelund 14-21, 10-21 was a big blow for the Valkyrie-led team 2 – 1 before failing to take advantage and eventually losing 2-3.

“I saw that they wanted to beat Denmark so much that they failed to unleash the potential they actually had on the field,” he said.

As such, he said playing with Anna-Mei Xing failed to meet the standards he set, but praised the performance of the main couple, Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah, who kept a clean sheet, recording two consecutive wins in games against Denmark and Thailand.

Pearly-Thinaah defeated Danish pair Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen 21-19, 21-19 and came from behind and disappointed Thai pair Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai 16-21, 21-19, 21-17.

The former Indonesian doubles expert believes he still has a long way to go to improve the performance of domestic players, but is confident he will be able to record a proud achievement in the next edition in Chengdu, China. – Bernama

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