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Shuttlers Soniia, Kisona told ‘not to panic’

NATIONAL women’s singles head coach Indra Wijaya wants to see more fighting spirit from Soniia Cheah and S. Kisona, as they take to court today in the Toyota Thailand Open.

Last week, both Soniia and Kisona failed to get past the first round of the Yonex Thailand Open, bowing out to South Korea’s An Se Young and India’s Saina Nehwal respectively.

Given the tough draw in a Super 1000 event, Indra is not expecting a miracle.

However, he believes both Soniia and Kisona, can show a little more urgency and firepower.

“After the first Thailand Open last week, I want to see Soniia, especially, show more fighting spirit.

“We know the draw is never going to be in our favour because it’s a Super 1000 event. You have to face the best players.

“Tomorrow (today) Soniia is up against South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun. We all know she’s a very strong player.

“I want to see Soniia go all out. Only from there can we look at other areas that need improvement.

“As for Kisona, I think she is a little lucky to be going against the Egyptian (Doha Hany) in the first round. She shouldn’t have any problem.

“But in the second round her opponent is either P.V. Sindhu of India or Thailand’s Busanan (Ongbamrungphan).

“Don’t panic. Fall back to basics, we have trained hard and prepared well for this. Bring out your best game,” said Indra.

The Toyota Thailand Open is the second tournament on the Asian leg of the World Tour.

The series of tournaments is the first to be played in a safety bubble due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: New Straits Times
Photo: freemalaysiatoday.com

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