Jin Wei just rar­ing to go

New Straits Times - - Sport -

RATHER than be­ing con­cerned about be­ing the youngest play­ers in the na­tional squad, Goh Jin Wei is itch­ing to get on court for the Sudirman Cup which gets un­der­way in the Gold Coast, Aus­tralia in slightly over a week.

There is hardly any ex­pec­ta­tion on the women’s singles shut­tler, but the 2015 world ju­nior cham­pion is de­ter­mined to de­liver a point for the na­tional squad in an ef­fort to help them reach the semi-fi­nals, at least.

Since the in­cep­tion of the tour­na­ment in 1989, Malaysia have only reached the last four stage once — in 2009 in Guangzhou, China.

“Of course there is pres­sure but I’m not too wor­ried about it. If I can give my best and play to my true po­ten­tial, I should not be con­cerned about any­thing else.

“Malaysia have got a very good chance of do­ing well this time and it is very im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to try and win a point.

“In a team event, team spirit is very cru­cial as any­thing can hap­pen any­time,” said Jin Wei, who only re­cently re­cov­ered from a foot in­jury

The World No 30, who suf­fered a frac­tured metatarsal in Jan­uary, made a come­back last month at the Malaysia Open in Kuch­ing.

“I feel I’m get­ting bet­ter with each tour­na­ment since mak­ing a re­turn last month.

“My tar­get is to give my best and hope­fully peak in Aus­tralia, where I want to help my team­mates.”

The other women’s singles mak­ing the trip is former na­tional No 1 Soniia Cheah Su Ya.

Men’s singles world No 1 Lee Chong Wei, Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain Zain­ud­din, men’s dou­bles’ Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, Ong Yew Sin, Teo Ee Yi, women’s dou­bles’ Vi­vian Hoo Kah Mun, Woon Khe Wei, Lee Meng Yean, Chow Mei Kuan and mixed dou­bles’ Tan Kian Meng, Chan Peng Soon, Lai Pei Jing, Cheah Yee See are the oth­ers in the Malaysian squad.

Malaysia are in Group 1C with Ja­pan and Ger­many. Fabian Peter

Of course there is pres­sure but I’m not too wor­ried about it. If I can give my best and play to my true po­ten­tial, I should not be con­cerned about any­thing else.

GOH JIN WEI

Goh Jin Wei

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