Badminton: It’ll be easy does it as Tze Yong seeks first international title
PETALING JAYA: Common–wealth Games silver medallist Ng Tze Yong (pic) will be venturing into the city of Malang in East Java looking for his first BWF (Badminton World Federation) World Tour title in the Indonesian Masters starting today.
Tze Yong, the top seed, has yet to taste success on the international stage and has a good chance to do so as the top players are currently in Odense for the Denmark Open which also begins today.
However, a banana skin awaits him in the form of China’s Sun Feixiang, who was the runner-up at the Vietnam Open two weeks ago, as they are expected to meet in the second round.
Tze Yong, who received a bye in his opening match, has taken the cautious approach and wants to take it one match at a time and would not want to think about the title just yet.
Meanwhile, independent player Cheam June Wei will also be looking forward to making inroads after his semi-final appearance at the Vietnam Open.
He will play either national back-up player Lee Shun Yang or Indonesian Ikhsan Rumbay in the second round.
In the women’s singles, Vietnam Open runner-up Goh Jin Wei will continue to search for her first international title.
She plays Riko Kunji of Japan in the first round.
National player S. Kisona and independent Soniia Cheah are on the comeback trail from long injuries and are expected to clear their first hurdles. Kisona plays Rachel Chan of Canada while Soniia will meet Asuka Takahashi of Japan in their opening matches.
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