Soniia con­fi­dent of bet­ter out­come

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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