Malaysian women’s singles shuttler S.Kisona said she enjoyed training with former national shuttlers Zakry Abdul Latif and Arif Abdul Latif, as the newly independent player set her sight on the top 20.

“My team is made up of all guys, including Zakry and Arif Latif. The training is solid but tough as I have to deal with their speed and power. It’s a good start for sure, I have more confidence that I can perform in court.

“Of course there are going to be more challenges. Last year the gap of my game compared to the rest of the shuttlers has grown quite a bit. I need to work harder to start matching them and hopefully break into the top 20,” she said.

The last two years were rough on the 24-year-old, who constantly had to deal with non-stop knee injuries tht derailed her career.

Kisona, now training at Sendayan Badminton Club in Seremban since leaving the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), is set to compete at the upcoming Swiss Open (March 21-26), where she will face Indonesian Putri Kusuma Wardani in the qualifying round.

The former SEA Games gold medalist got a big boost in her independent career after receiving a RM100,000 sponsorship deal from investment holding company Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad.

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