Soniia out to make a difference
SONIIA Cheah does not want a repeat of the 2013 Sudirman Cup, as the national squad enter their final phase of preparation before leaving for the biennial mixed team event in Gold Coast, Australia, tomorrow.
The women’s singles shuttler, who was part of the Kuala Lumpur edition four years ago, admitted that it was hard to swallow when Malaysia were knocked out in the group stage without winning single tie.
To make matter worse, both Soniia and singles teammate Tee Jing Yi lost in their respective matches to Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying and Germany’s Olga Konon.
“2013 was not a good year and I don’t think we should revisit that Sudirman Cup because we did not do well.
“The women’s singles unfortunately did not contribute a single point for our team then.
“This year I think is going to be different,” said Soniia, who is fighting to get back to her best after suffering an Achilles tendon injury in 2013, just before the World Championships in Guangzhou, China.
At this year’s Sudirman Cup, Malaysia are in Group 1C alongside Japan and Germany.
The other women’s singles in the squad is former world junior champion (2015) and national No 1 Goh Jin Wei.
“I believe we can beat Germany but Japan will definitely be our biggest challenge.
“However, going in as the underdog against a Japanese team that boast of strong women’ singles shuttlers, I think we can give them a good fight and maybe steal a point for the team,” added Soniia.
Malaysia’s best ever result since the inception of the tournament in 1989 was reaching the semi-finals in 2009 in Guangzhou. Fabian Peter