SILENCING THE CRITICS
Touted as the weak link, Meng Yean wants to prove the doubters wrong
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.