Yew Sin-Ee Yi feel­ing the Games jit­ters

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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