BERNAMA – Thomas Cup: Zii Jia’s performace will determine M’sia’s results in Bangkok

By Amiril Muttaqien Meketar

KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 (Bernama) — Although he now not leads the nationwide squad, the nation’s primary singles participant Lee Zii Jia continues to be the anchor for figuring out Malaysia’s success within the 2022 Thomas Cup marketing campaign in Bangkok, Thailand, subsequent month.

Sports analyst Dr Pekan Ramli stated the primary level from Zii Jia in the event held on the Impact Arena from May 8 to fifteen can be essential in inspiring the remainder of his teammates.

However, Pekan admitted that he was apprehensive in regards to the present efficiency of the world quantity seven, who had but to succeed in his greatest stage since successful the 2021 All England Championship in Birmingham, United Kingdom, final yr.

“Previously, we used to have Datuk Lee Chong Wei as the primary singles participant, and different gamers can look as much as him after which prepare to search out the following level.

“However, for Zii Jia, I imagine other players have to be prepared for various possibilities,” he stated when contacted by Bernama.

Pekan opined that the participant who captained the crew in the final Thomas Cup in Aarhus, Denmark, had misplaced his contact since leaving the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to proceed his profession as an expert participant in January.

At the identical time, he stated he anticipated the 24-year-old to enhance his stage of play and ‘kill off’ his opponent in straight units, after a number of ‘rubber set’ video games of late.

Meanwhile, Pekan, who can also be the top of the Sports Section on the Ministry of Higher Education stated the efficiency of different key singles gamers within the nationwide squad was additionally much less convincing in comparison with the doubles camp.

“Of the five singles players called up, sorry to say, for me, we can’t expect too much from Liew Daren (to contribute points) but I’m sure Ng Tze Yong can be our secret weapon,” he stated.

The different two gamers who’ve joined the ultimate line-up of the nationwide singles squad are Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin and Leong Jun Hao.

On the doubles crew, Pekan stated he was optimistic that the return of doubles skilled, Rexy Mainaky to BAM for the reason that finish of final yr would be capable of enhance the efficiency of the squad to contribute factors for Malaysia.

He stated Rexy, who can also be BAM’s Doubles Coaching director, had proved his magical contact when guiding Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani to win their first World Tour title on the 2022 German Open, final month.

“Besides that, even though Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi are listed as a professional duo, I believe Rexy is able to provide useful guidance to both of them to come up with the best performance in Bangkok,” he stated.

Also within the doubles line-up are crew captain Aaron Chia and his associate Soh Wooi Yik as the primary pairing, in addition to backup participant Chia Weijie.

Malaysia have been drawn alongside the 2014 champions Japan, who’re additionally the second seeds, England and New Zealand in Group D of the championship.

Meanwhile, Pekan stated he felt that the 2022 Uber Cup squad would face an uphill job within the competitors.

He stated the large hole between the Malaysians and the opposite two groups in Group C, particularly the host crew and Denmark, would make it troublesome for the nation to advance to the quarterfinals, however he was assured that they’d not face any issues overcoming Egypt.




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