Yew Sin-Ee Yi feeling the Games jitters
NATIONAL men’s doubles Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi are already feeling the heat as the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017) draws near.
Yesterday, the Malaysian No 2 were forced to claw back from a game down before notching a 1921, 21-14, 21-16 win over seventh seeds Liao Min Chun-Su Cheng Heng of Taiwan, to reach the semi-finals of the New Zealand Open GP Gold in Auckland.
“We are definitely feeling nervous and anxious, because we don’t want to let the home fans down.
“At the same time, we can’t lose focus. Now we are here in New Zealand, we have to do well too.
“Every night, before I go to bed, I think of the Sea Games and the possibility of clinching that gold medal, but let’s take it one step at a time for now.
“Let’s see how far we can go in this tournament. It might just boost our confidence ahead of the Games,” said Ee Yi.
The second seeded Malaysians will play China’s He Jiting-Tan Qiang next for a place in the final.
In the women’s doubles, national No 1 Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei continued their impressive run with a convincing 21-7, 21-16 win over China’s Qiao ShijunZhang Shuxian in the quarter-finals.
The Malaysian top seeds face Indonesia’s Greysia PoliiApriyani Rahayu today.
“We have been enjoying a good run in form. Hopefully we get to maintain this till the Sea Games,” said Vivian.
It was, however, the end of the road for Joyce Choong-Goh Yea Ching who put up a gallant fight before going down 28-30, 21-11, 22-20 to fourth seeds Ayako Sakuramoto-Yukiko Takahata of Japan.
Women’s singles Ho Yen Mei was also sent packing in losing 921, 21-10, 21-13 to second seed Fitriani Fitriani of Indonesia. Fabian Peter