KUALA LUMPUR: National women's singles shuttler Ho Yen Mei may not be a household name just yet, but that is all set to change this year.
The ambitious junior shuttler, who draws inspiration from the wives of the two best badminton players in the world, has now started full-time training after graduating from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).
Last year, her badminton career took a backseat as she concentrated on her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations.
Yen Mei said that she draws inspiration from former world champion Xie Xingfang and 2007 China Open winner Wong Mew Choo.
Xingfang is the wife of five-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan while Mew Choo is married to Malaysian hero and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.
“I admire Xie Xingfang because of her skills, movements, body language and fire on court. She anticipates her opponent’s movements very well and she is very calm on the court,” she said.
KUALA LUMPUR: The movement of the national coaches and players at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara is being closely monitored.
Since Feb 4, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have installed a thumbprint attendance system that requires coaches and players to clock in and out every day as they enter and leave the national training centre.
The move is to monitor the attendance of the coaches and players as the management does not want them to go AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) during training or to turn up late for their practice sessions.
KUALA LUMPUR: Young badminton talent Goh Jin Wei will get a chance to strut her stuff at the Asian Junior Championships in Taiwan from Feb 16-23.
The 13-year-old Jin Wei, who was promoted to the national women’s singles squad last month, has been named for the junior meet together with Ho Yen Mei, Lee Ying Ying and S. Kisona.
Malaysia have yet to taste success in the girls’ singles event in the Asian junior series.