KUALA LUMPUR: Singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi did some extra training on her own prior to the Asian junior championships.
And the hard work and steely determination to prove that she can make a difference in the Malaysian team paid off yesterday.
The 18-year-old won an important point in Malaysia’s 3-1 victory over China in the mixed team final, beating Chen Xiaojia in the girls’ singles match.
Jing Yi, who failed to earn a promotion to the elite squad after struggling to find her footing last year, said that she became more determined to succeed after being sidelined.
“This is my last Asian Juniors. It is important for me to prove that I can play well after the disappointment last year,” she said.
Jing Yi failed to win a point in Malaysia’s semi-final defeat by South Korea in the mixed team competition last year and she crashed out in the early rounds of the individual competition.