SI­LENC­ING THE CRIT­ICS

Touted as the weak link, Meng Yean wants to prove the doubters wrong

New Straits Times - - Sport - FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

THE Malaysian women’s dou­bles is prob­a­bly the weak­est depart­ment go­ing into the Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia but shut­tler Lee Meng Yean wants to change that.

Meng Yean, who part­ners Chow Mei Kuan, wants to si­lence the crit­ics and knows the only way to do it is by de­liv­er­ing a point for the team.

Meng Yean-Mei Kuan, how­ever, can­not be too ea­ger and will have to wait and see if they will take to court, as pri­or­ity will be given to na­tional No 1 Vi­vian Hoo Kah Mun-Woon Khe Wei.

“I know that no­body is ex­pect­ing us to de­liver a point but I want that to change. I want the women’s dou­bles to be equally as im­por­tant as the other dis­ci­plines.

“Mei Kuan and I have been train­ing re­ally hard the past cou­ple of weeks and we are ready to face any­body should we take to court in Aus­tralia.

“I know that Vi­vian-Khe Wei will be given the pri­or­ity to play, but who knows, our coaches may have other plans,” said Meng Yean, who made her Sudirman Cup de­but in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

Back then, Malaysia failed to clear the group stage af­ter los­ing to Tai­wan and Ger­many.

This year, the na­tional squad are in Group 1C with Ja­pan and Ger­many.

“My big­gest fear is Ja­pan as they cur­rently have the best women’s dou­bles pair (Misaki Mat­su­tomo-Ayaka Taka­hashi).

“Vi­vian-Khe Wei have not beaten them be­fore so it will be tricky. But who knows, Ja­pan may chose to scratch their pairs so we will have to wait and see.

“I am con­fi­dent that we can make the quar­ter-fi­nals this time. How­ever, we should not be sat­is­fied with that. “Per­son­ally, I’m hop­ing to reach the semi-fi­nals, be­fore tak­ing it from there.”

I know that no­body is ex­pect­ing us to de­liver a point but I want that to change. I want the women’s dou­bles to be equally as im­por­tant as the other dis­ci­plines.

LEE MENG YEAN

Lee Meng Yean is de­ter­mined to come good.

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