Qi Xuan hopes to bloom into a household name

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PETALING JAYA: National singles shuttler Eoon Qi Xuan can’t wait to spread her wings in the international stage.

After two years in the senior team, the 20-year-old wants to make a name for herself.

She is currently ranked fifth in the national team behind Soniia Cheah, Goh Jin Wei, S. Kisona and Lee Ying Ying.

She said it was time to step out of the shadows of her seniors.

“I don’t think many know I’m in the national team. I joined last year but the focus has been on narrowing the gap with the seniors. This year, I had bigger expectations but we were unable to go for any tournaments because of the Covid-19, ” said Qi Xuan.

She was selected in the team for the Uber Cup qualifying tournament in February in Manila this year but she did not get to play a single match.

This year, however, she is one of the most improved players in training. She gave Soniia a good fight before losing in one of the matches in the internal tournament last month.

“I’ve improved but there is still a lot of catching up to do. I need to narrow the gap further against my seniors Soniia, Jin Wei, Kisona and Ying Ying.

“My hand skills are better but I have to improve on my footwork. This is an area that I’ve to work on.

“My coach (Indra Wijaya) has been focusing on my agility and I have to do lots of running too.

“Next year, I hope to move up the world ranking.”

Yesterday, Qi Xuan justified her status by coming out tops in the 100Plus National Junior Ranking Challenge at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara.

She showed the quality in her game by defeating K. Letshanaa 21-10,21-18 for the girls’ singles title.

“The more important factor is that I was able to win all the matches this week. I showed that I can control my mental approach, so as not to be too hasty in chasing for the points, ” said Qi Xuan.

In the boys’ singles, Justin Hoh recorded his third victory in the boys’ singles after knocking off Ong Ken Yon 22-20,21-10 to snatch the top spot where he is almost assured of taking the title.

Justin is on the same three points with Wyman Goh, who overcame Ter Chun Long 21-18,21-14.

“If course, it feels good to win but I am trying hard not get stressed out on the game tomorrow (today). Even though I am the youngest player in the boys’ singles group, I want to prove to the coaches who have given me the confidence to do well, ” said Justin.





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