Ee Yi-Yew Sin ready to de­liver

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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