Wednesday March 6, 2013
Jing Yi fails to get past first qualifying round
MALAYSIA had their biggest contingent in the All-England this year – a staggering 27 players – but top woman singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi became the first to bite the dust in the first round of the qualifying tournament at National Indoor Arena yesterday.
And more are expected to follow suit.
Jing Yi started off strongly but ran out of steam against Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour, going down 15-21, 21-14, 21-16.
“I made too many simple mistakes towards the end. She did well to read my game. This is the second time that I’ve lost in the qualifying tournament of the All-England,” said the teary-eyed Jing Yi.
“It shows that I still have a lot to improve on. Hopefully, I’ll perform better at the Swiss Open (next week).”
The others competing in the qualifying tournament are Lydia Cheah (women’s singles); Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Tan Chun Seang and Zulfadli Zulkifli (men’s singles); and former international Tan Bin Shen, who is partnering Robert Blair of Scotland.
All others will open campaign in the first round of the tournament proper today.