Soniia confident of better outcome
FOUR years ago, Soniia Cheah made her debut at the Sudirman Cup in Kuala Lumpur, but it didn’t leave much of an impression as Malaysia crashed out in the group stages.
It was also in the same year that the Kuala Lumpur-born shuttler suffered a torn Achilles tendon which ruled her out for the next two years.
Four years since then, Soniia will be making her second appearance at the biennial mixed team event in Gold Coast, Australia on May 21-28.
“Firstly I am very thankful to God because who would have thought that I would still be able to play after the injury in 2013.
“Back then, I was Malaysia’s No 1 women’s singles but it wasn’t enough as we didn’t make it to the knockout stages of the Sudirman Cup.
“This year, however, I believe we will be better. The spirit is good,” said Soniia, who is listed in the squad as the second singles player behind former world junior champion Goh Jin Wei.
Malaysia are in Group 1C with Japan and Germany.
On what is different from the 2013 squad, Soniia said: “I don’t think it is right to compare teams.
“What I can say is this year’s team has a lot of potential and I believe in our ability. I am sure that everyone will give their best to win. Personally, I want to win something this year and break into the top 25 myself.”
Other notable names in the squad are men’s singles World No 1 Lee Chong Wei, men’s doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and mixed doubles’ Tan Kian MengLai Pei Jing. Fabian Peter