BACK STILL AN ISSUE
Iskandar yet to fully recover as he races against time to be ready for Sudirman Cup
FABIAN PETER firstname.lastname@example.org
DESPITE feeling happy to make the Sudirman Cup squad, national singles shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin has admitted he is still far from his best and is now fighting against time to recover fully from a back injury.
The 26-year-old — who suffered a double slipped disc early this year — has not seen competitive action since the Macau Open in December.
“Of course I am happy to get back on court but I am still not 100 per cent ready.
“Having not played for so long, my back feels sore and it limits my movement.
“I only started training on court two weeks ago and I’m slowly regaining my strength,” said Iskandar, who was also part of the Thomas Cup squad in Kunshan, China last year.
On how he feels to be selected ahead of some of his fitter juniors, Iskandar added: “I personally feel that my record in team events has been reasonably good.
“Of course, I now need to quickly find the rhythm and tournament feel, but I think I am ready.
“I am looking forward to the competition and I believe Malaysia will do well.”
The mixed team event in Gold Coast, Australia on May 21-28 sees Malaysia in Group 1C alongside 2014 Thomas Cup champions Japan and Germany.
Malaysia’s best showing at the Sudirman Cup was in the 2009 edition in Guangzhou where they reached the semifinals.
Other players in the squad this year include World No 1 Lee Chong Wei, men’s doubles Goh V Shem,Tan Wee Kiong, Ong Yew Sin, Teo Ee Yi, women’s singles Goh Jin Wei, Soniia Cheah Su Ya, women’s doubles Vivian Hoo Kah Mun, Woon Khe Wei, Chow Mei Kuan, Lee Meng Yean and mixed doubles’ Tan Kian Meng, Lai Pei Jing, Chan Peng Soon and Cheah Yee See.
I only started training on court two weeks ago and I’m slowly regaining my strength.
ISKANDAR ZULKARNAIN ZAINUDDIN