VALU­ABLE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Ee Yi-Yew Sin gain con­fi­dence for Sudirman Cup

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

FOR men’s dou­bles Ong Yew SinTeo Ee Yi, be­ing part of a team event in the past has def­i­nitely boosted their con­fi­dence for next week’s Sudirman Cup in the Gold Coast, Aus­tralia.

The Malaysian No 2 got their first feel of be­ing part of a ma­jor team com­pe­ti­tion when they were named in the squad for the 2016 Thomas Cup in Kun­shan, China.

Though they did not fea­ture in any of the ties, the duo still gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence and are now well equipped to man­age ex­pec­ta­tion.

“I don’t think Ee Yi and I are pres­sured as much go­ing into this year’s Sudirman Cup.

“For us, this is not some­thing new as we were part of the Thomas Cup team last year. We know what’s it like.

“It’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent as com­pared to all the tour­na­ments we play in. When play­ers play in a team event, the tem­per­a­ment is dif­fer­ent,” said Yew Sin.

Malaysia are in Group 1C with 2014 Thomas Cup win­ners Ja­pan and Ger­many. At the pre­vi­ous Sudirman Cup in Dong­guan, China, Malaysia lost 3-1 to South Korea in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

The other men’s dou­bles pair in the squad are 2016 Rio Olympic Games sil­ver medal­lists Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong.

The 16-mem­ber squad will leave for Aus­tralia on Wed­nes­day, where they will pre­pare for another five days be­fore open­ing their cam­paign against Ger­many on Tues­day (May 23).

Teo Ee Yi (left) and Ong Yew Sin were part of the Thomas Cup squad in 2016.

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