Ying Ying needs to con­vince se­lec­tors

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Ying Ying’s wish is to rep­re­sent Malaysia in the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in Au­gust.

The 20-year-old, how­ever, only has the on­go­ing Thai­land Open and the Tai­wan Open (June 27July 2) to con­vince the national se­lec­tors for a spot in the bi­enn ia l games.

As for now , World No 32 Soniia Cheah and 37thranked Goh Jin Wei hold the ad­van­tage over the 51stranked Ying Ying for the Sea Games women’s sin­gles and team com­pe­ti­tions.

Ying Ying will open her cam­paign i n the Thai­land Open against 17-year-old Asty Dwi Widyan­ingrum of In­done­sia to­day.

The Malaysian is drawn in the same half with In­dia’s sec­ond seed Saina Ne­hwal and Thai­land’s fourth seed Bu­sanan Ong­bam­rung­phan.

“I need to do well here and in the Tai­wan Open to have a chance of mak­ing the Sea Games s q u a d ,” s a i d Y i n g Y i n g i n Bangkok yes­ter­day.

“It will not be easy in the first round. I lost to the Indonesian in a lower-tier tour­na­ment last year. I am de­ter­mined to per­form well.

“To­mor­row’s match will be an in­di­ca­tor whether I have pro­gressed in my game.”

Com­pa­triot Ho Yen Mei will open against In­dia’s Saili Rane to­day.

In the men’s sin­gles qual­i­fiers yes­ter­day, in­de­pen­dent shut­tler Vin­cent Phuah de­feated Thai­land’s Rut­tana­pak Oupthong (2119, 21-8) and Pachaara­pol Ni­porn­ram (21-18, 21-14) to make the main draw.

Malaysia’s Arif Latif-Syawal Is­mail, Lim Khim Wah-Ooi Zi Heng and Tan Jinn Hwa-Wong Wai Jun all ne­go­ti­ated past two qual­i­fy­ing rounds to reach the main draw of the men’s dou­bles.

Lee Ying Ying

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