PETALING JAYA: Women’s singles shuttler Sonia Cheah is coming to the rescue!
The global No. 34 Sonia is ready to step as much as supply a factor in the girls’ singles in the Sudirman Cup in Nanning, China, from May 19-26 if Goh Jin Wei fails in her race to be in shape.
National No. 1 Jin Wei, ranked twenty-fifths within the global, is recovering from a stomach ailment.
Sonia, being the next-satisfactory alternative, says she is just as capable to fill in the function.
“I’ll be satisfied if the educate comes to a decision to area me. The challenge is daunting even though as we’re going to face China and India, who have sturdy girls’ singles players,” said Sonia.
“But I’ve religion in my personal capability. I think I can supply them not simplest an awesome fight, but even strive to deliver a factor for the team.”
Sonia has a superb purpose to play her coronary heart out – the Sudirman Cup gives precious rating factors for the Tokyo Olympic Games qualification.
“Every tournament becomes more vital for the duration of this Olympic qualifying duration,” said Sonia.
Sonia has been an everyday starter for Malaysia in every main team occasion in the final years.
Besides the 2017 Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast, Australia, Sonia was additionally part of the group that lost to India within the mixed group final of closing 12 months’ Commonwealth Games, also in Gold Coast.
She fought bravely for 68 minutes in her eleven-21, 21-19, nine-21 defeat to Saina Nehwal and India went on to win 3-1 over Malaysia for their first-ever team gold on the Games.
Sonia additionally gave properly account for herself on the Uber Cup Finals in Bangkok final yr by way of stretching China’s Chen Yufei to a 65-minute struggle before dropping 21-18, 20-22, 18-21.
Sonia confirmed she’s no pushover based on her latest show too.
At the Asian Badminton Championships last month, Sonia gave former international champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan a run for her cash before losing 21-17, 12-21, 15-21 within the ultimate 16. A rather common opinion about badminton is that it is one of the safest games possible-a fun, family game innocent of malice and devoid of any real danger of injury. Such notions are highly probable, given the immense popularity of the game worldwide, as entertainment for children during playtime as well as a serious Olympic sport.
However, contrary to popular opinion, badminton players are also prone to injury-some so intense in nature that they may take months to heal completely. According to one study conducted by a Denmark-based group of doctors and published in 2006, badminton injuries occur at an average rate of 2.9/person every 1000 hours of play time. Despite being a non-contact sport, where there is no physical contact between the opposing players, badminton injuries happen frequently-mostly due to overuse of certain parts of the body and sometimes because of accidents happening suddenly and painfully. Mostly they occur in players who wear the wrong shoes, do not warm-up, warm-up more than required, sport bad technique, are overweight or generally unfit. Injuries are witnessed in players who have not indulged in the sport for a while as well as in seasoned players who have overused body parts such as wrists, ankles, knees, and elbows to name a few.