The Malaysian junior contingent will head to the Austrian Open which begins Thursday-Sunday with full of confidence after many of them excelled at the Slovenia International last week.
Malaysia bagged two titles in Slovenia in the women’s doubles through Low Yeen Yuan-Valeree Siow, and in the mixed doubles with national back-up pair Choong Hon Jian-Toh Ee Wei.
Their victory were a much needed boost, especially with the seniors having their season culled following the postponement of the Malaysia Open and Singapore Open.
Low-Siow repaid the faith the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) had shown in them by marking their senior debut with a straight game victory over their Danish opponents in just 34 minutes.
Despite surpassing expectations, Low was eager to set the bar higher at the upcoming tournament in Graz.
“We definitely aim to do better in Austria. Key to our success in Slovenia is that we constantly communicated and supported each other on court.
“I am someone who self-motivates a lot, and I keep telling myself I can do it. That will be the same approach in this tournament,” she said.
In the mixed doubles, Choong-Toh will aim to continue in similar form which saw them oust their Indonesian opponents in straight games too in Slovenia for the title.
In the women’s singles, Siti Nurshuhaini Azman is aware she has an excellent chance to build on a semi-final showing in Slovenia.
Siti is one to watch out for, rising steadily through the ranks since she excelled at last year’s junior meet with a perfect record.
In the men’s doubles, Beh Chun Meng-Cheng Su Hui will aspire to go one step further than the semis after losing to the eventual champions in Slovenia last week.