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: National junior shuttler Cheam June Wei will never forget his first experience of playing with his childhood idol, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, during a training session recently.
It was only a seven-point match but it is still one that he will cherish.
“The first time I played against Chong Wei, I was only able to get one or two points. I was so nervous... I couldn’t believe I was playing a one-on-one match with him. But after that I was able to perform better and pick up like four to five points,” said the soft-spoken June Wei after a training session at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara on Friday.
He said that Chong Wei “is my inspiration because of his intelligent style of play and skills”.