KUALA LUMPUR: The tenacious pair of Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean are out to prove that they mean business in the 100Plus National Junior Circuit Grand Prix Finals, which begin today at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here.
The 17-year-old Bukit Jalil Sports School girls first came to prominence when they defeated a field of more experienced shuttlers with a spirited display to win their first senior title at the Kuala Lumpur Open last month.
And they are out to prove that the success was no fluke but a result of hard work.
“Our target is to win the Under-18 doubles title in the GP Finals. Anything less will be considered a failure,” said Meng Yean, who hails from Malacca.
“Last year, we won the Under-16 title. This time around we are aiming to go one step better to show that we are moving up the ranks.
“Winning the KL Open last month was a good breakthrough but we have not let the victory get to our heads. Instead, we train even harder to improve on our game.”
Mei Kuan-Meng Yean also won the Dutch Junior Open in March and reached the semi-finals of the Thailand Satellite last month.
The duo are in good form and they are aware of the strong challenges in the GP Finals.
“The field is a competitive one and it will not be a walk in the park,” said KL-born Mei Kuan.
Mei Kuan-Meng Yean are in Group B with Chang Yong Heng-Nairul Nabilah Latif (Negri Sembilan), Ang Ferng Ying-Rasnith Kaur Grewal (Penang) and Nik Naseda Deyana-Nur Amira Ghazali (Terengganu).
The winners of the four groups of the preliminaries qualify for the semi-finals.
Mei Kuan-Meng Yean are tipped to play against BJSS team-mates Chan Wan Ran-See To Chia Vern in the semi-finals.
In the girl’s Under-18 singles, the BJSS duo of Sonia Cheah and Yang Li Lian, who were promoted to the national squad recently, are expected to have a date in the final on Sunday.
Sonia is in Group A with Kedah’s Lim Sin Pei and Nurul Intan Juliza Jaafar while Li Lian plays in Group B against Michelle Kong Kai Ping of Sarawak and Choo Tze Ai of Penang.
The preliminary rounds of the girls singles will be played in eight groups with the winners advancing to the quarter-finals.
In the boy’s Under-18 singles, all eyes will be on the in-form Zulfadli Zulkifli, who won the two legs of the circuit in Negri Sembilan and Malacca.
KL’s Zulfadli is in Group G together with BJSS’s Ng Di Hua and Selangor’s Ai Wei Jian.
He is tipped to play against BJSS’s Tan Kian Meng in the quarter-finals and against defending champion Goh Giap Chin, also of the BJSS, in the final.