Yen Mei and Ying Ying put on standby

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SHUT­TLERS Ho Yen Mei and Lee Ying Ying have been told to be ready to take to the court if Goh Jin Wei fails to re­cover in time for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.

This was stated by na­tional women’s sin­gles head coach Tey Seu Bock.

Jin Wei, 17, is still nurs­ing an ankle in­jury she picked up at the re­cent Asia Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Jakarta, and is only ex­pected to re­sume train­ing next week.

Seu Bock ad­mit­ted he is still hop­ing for the 2015 world ju­nior cham­pion to get back on her feet be­fore the team event gets un­der­way on Aug 22.

“Of course my wish is for Jin Wei to re­cover as soon as pos­si­ble, but at the same time I can­not take her in­jury lightly. We must un­der­stand that Jin Wei is a huge as­set to the team.

“How­ever, if she does not re­cover in time, I want Yen Mei and Ying Ying to be ready, be­cause they are the other two back­ups to Soniia Cheah,” said Seu Bock.

The Malaysian women’s team open their cam­paign against Myan­mar at the Ax­i­ata Arena, and are ex­pected to face In­done­sia in the semi-fi­nals.

Favourites Thai­land are ex­pected to be wait­ing in the fi­nal.

Seu Bock is hop­ing for any of his trainees to win a medal in the in­di­vid­ual event at the bi­en­nial Games.

“I re­ally hope one of them would be able to de­liver a medal. At this mo­ment it doesn’t mat­ter what medal it is, but look­ing at our rank­ings, I believe it is pos­si­ble for a podium fin­ish.”

At the Sin­ga­pore Games two years ago, Jin Wei set­tled for the bronze medal. This year, the Pe­nan­gite will be joined by na­tional No 1 Soniia, in the in­di­vid­ual event. Helmi Talkah

Ho Yen Mei

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