Tze Yong goes from nobody to ‘somebody’ after two local tourneys

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PETALING JAYA: National back-up men’s singles shuttler Ng Tze Yong (pic) has transformed into a confident player in a short time.

And it’s all thanks to a combination of several factors.

“I’m in full-time training with the seniors. I’m more focused. And the coaches motivate me,” said the 20-year-old Tze Yong.

Tze Yong was a nobody when he was promoted to the senior team early last year but in the last two local tournaments held in the last two months, he has shown the most improvement.

In the President’s Cup on Thursday, he rose to the occasion again by defeating former Asian Junior champion Leong Jun Hao 21-19, 21-11 to give Team A the winning point.

Earlier, Lee Zii Jia and Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi had won their respective matches for the team.

Last month, Tze Yong bagged the singles title after defeating Jun Hao in the final of the internal individual tournament.

While happy with his steady progress, Tze Yong, who trains under coaches Hendrawan and Datuk Tey Seu Bock, admitted that the real test would be at the international tournaments.

“Both coaches have been motivating all of us in the team. I know I’m more focused in training than before and the quality of my game has improved,” he said.

“In the match against Jun Hao (on Wednesday), I had better control of the wind in the practice hall and that had put lots of pressure on my opponent. I’m still learning.”

With his ranking at 134th in the world, Tze Yong is unlikely to feature in the Asia legs scheduled in November but he is cool with it.

“The real test will be at international tournaments but I may not get a chance to compete in it any time soon… I will continue to work hard in training and prepare myself.

“There is so much more to focus on,” he added.





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