Thursday March 21, 2013
Weak link or not, Jing Yi vows to fight on
SURABAYA: National women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi is aware that she is the weak link in the Malaysian Axiata Cup squad.
The 22-year-old did not get off to the best of starts to the year after losing in the qualifying rounds of the Malaysian Open and All-England and failing to clear the first round at the Swiss Open.
The stocky Jing Yi, who is now ranked No. 51 in the world, is behind younger Sonia Cheah who is ranked at No. 48 in the world.
But the Penang-born shuttler promises that she is not about to go down without a fight in the US$1mil mixed team tournament which starts today at the DBL Arena.
Her first match against Philippines’ Malvinne Ann Alcala should be a fairly easy one, but the real challenge will begin tomorrow where she is expected to face Thailand’s All-England runner-up Ratchanok Intanon or another impressive youngster – Busanan Ongbungrumpan.
Jing Yi has never beaten the Thai girls and she admitted that it will be a real challenge indeed.
“I’m glad to play in this tournament but it will be really tough especially with so many strong players competing,” said Jing Yi.
“I’m aware that in a mixed team event like this I’m definitely the weak link and the other teams will know that too and will certainly target me.
“But I try not to think too much about being the weakest in the team and I plan to just go out and play a good game.
“Of course it’ll be great to contribute a point but its not going to be easy at all. Furthermore, I just flew back from Europe on Tuesday,” said Jing Yi.
Malaysia will certainly need Jing Yi to be at her best, especially against Thailand and hosts Indonesia if they aim to come away with a positive result.