Ee Yi-Yew Sin ready to deliver
MEN’S doubles Teo Ee Yi-Ong Yew Sin are ready to shoulder the responsibility of earning points for Malaysia if given a chance in the Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast.
Malaysia will start their Group IC campaign against Germany tomorrow before meeting favourites Japan the following day.
World No 4 Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong are the top pair for Malaysia in the event but the coaches may serve a surprise by fielding 22nd-ranked Ee Yi-Yew Sin in the group stage.
V Shem-Wee Kiong have hit a bad patch due to lack of confidence after near-perfect performances in 2016.
“It does not matter whether we play or not as long as our team win the ties. We should make the quarter-finals but what matters most is to top the group for an easier draw,” said Ee Yi yesterday.
Ee Yi-Yew Sin had a decent outing last season in lower tier tournaments. The pair, formed in late-2015, won the Portuguese International, Romanian International and the Vietnam International Challenge before recording their biggest success in the Bitburger Grand Prix Gold in Germany.
However, Ee Yi-Yew Sin are finding life tough in bigger tournaments this year with only second round appearances at the Malaysia Open, Singapore Open and Asia Championships to show so far.
Ee Yi-Yew Sin’s first team event outing at the Asia Mixed Team Championships turned out to be a forgettable one where they lost their match against Indonesia.
“We have learnt a lot from our experience at the Asia meet. I was also in last year’s Thomas Cup team but I did not play a single match.
“It is important to support each other in team events. The pressure is different as everyone needs to contribute to win ties,” said Ee Yi.
Japan are seen as Malaysia’s main obstacle in the group stage but Ee Yi believes his team can beat the Asian giants.
“We definitely hold the edge in the men’s singles and doubles while matches in the women’s and mixed doubles could go either way.
“We must put reputation aside. If we want to beat Japan, we cannot give them too much respect,” Ee Yi added. Ajitpal Singh