Badminton: Getting out of the male shadow

It is no secret that Malaysian shuttles lack depth.

Apart from a few seniors in the team, they remained newcomers on the international scene so it was no surprise when they failed to pass the group stage again after taking third place in Group C.

Only the two best teams – Thailand and Denmark reached the quarterfinals.

They gave a good fight against Denmark, but fell by 2-3.

Will the shuttles ever rise and become a force?

S. Kisona is slowly gaining confidence while Goh Jin Wei and Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah is definitely on the right track.

Two-time world junior champion Jin Wei, who beat better-ranked players in her junior days, is excited to be back on top. In 80th place in the world, it won’t be long before she re-enters the top 20 if one wants to see her recent form.

She gave a good fight against Ratchanok Intanon before losing in the tie against Thailand. She gave Malaysia a point after beating Line Christophersen of Denmark.

Pearly-Thinaah has risen to 11th place in the world, scoring points in draws against Denmark and Thailand.

They may soon be among the top 10, but what Malaysians love to see is that they are starting to win titles regularly.

“We want to raise our level of play, we hope to have stronger performances by Pearly and me this year,” Thinaah said.

Individual players Myisha Khairul, Tan Zhing Yi and Chan Wen Tse are literally newcomers to the scene and what an exposure it is for them.

Myisha only joined the senior team last year, while Zhing Yi has only been on the team for four months. Wen Tse has been invited from the Datuk Misbun Sidek group and will now be preparing for the World Junior Championships.

“We don’t have depth, but we’re building a team for the future,” said national singles coach Wong Choong Hann.

“I’m glad we were able to give everyone a chance to play. The seniors played their part even though we missed the opportunity against Denmark. I am glad that young people have received exposure at the highest level. “

Women from Malaysia have always been in the shadow of men and it is time to get out of it.

GROUP C

Denmark bt Malaysia 3-2 (Mia Blichfeldt bt S. Kisson 21-14, 21-15; Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen lost to Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah 19-21, 19-21; Line Christophersen lost to Goh Jin Wei 12-21) , 21-11, 5-21; Alexandra Boje-Amalie Magelund bt Anna Cheong-Teoh Mei Xing 21-14, 21-10; Line Hojmark bt Myisha Khairul 21-12, 21-9).

Thailand bt Malaysia 4-1 (Ratchanok Intanon bt Goh Jin Wei 14-21, 21-14, 21-15; Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai lost to Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah 21-16, 19-21, 17-21; Chochuwongwet Myisha Khairul 22-20, 21-10, Benyapa Aimsaard-Nuntakarn Aimsaard bt Valeree Siow-Teoh Mei Xing 21-9, 21-14; Busanan Ongbamrungphan bt Tan Zhing Yi 21-19, 21-6).

Malaysia bt Egypt 5-0 (Myisha Khairul bt Doha Hany 21-5, 21-19; Tan Zhing Yi btNour Ahmed Youssri 21-12, 21-14; Chan Wen Tse bt Hana Tarek 21-16, 21-16; Low Yeen Yuan-Valere Siow bt Jana Ashraf-Jana Hesham 21-6, 21-10; Anna Cheong-Teoh Mei Xing bt Nour-Hana 21-5, 21-4)

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