Yap Ling, Pearly Tan, Thinaah, Swiss Open

Yap Ling, Pearly Tan

Yap won’t Ling-er in comfort zone as she’s inspired to catch up with Pearly

Yap won't Ling-er in comfort zone as she's inspired to catch up with Pearly

15/3/2021 2:02:00 AM

Yap won't Ling-er in comfort zone as she's inspired to catch up with Pearly

PETALING JAYA: National doubles shuttler Yap Ling (pic) has some catching up to do with Pearly Tan .

pic) has some catching up to do with Pearly Tan.Yap Ling and Pearly are from the same junior batch but the former has yet to make a name for herself but the latter has shot up quickly and has won a World Tour title.Two weeks ago, Pearly and her partner M. Thinaah bagged the Swiss Open title for the first time and climbed to a career-high No. 22 in the world ranking.

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Yap Ling did not get to compete with her partner Teoh Mei Xing in the Swiss Open due to a nagging right-ankle injury. She has also skipped this week’s All-England and the Orleans Open in France next month.The 20-year-old said she is inspired to emulate Pearly.

“I’m very happy for Pearly and so inspired by what she has achieved thus far, ” said Yap Ling.“In fact, it’s not just me, her performance with Thinaah has boosted the morale of the women’s doubles squad too. It shows we’re treading in the right direction. headtopics.com

“I’m determined to catch up with Pearly as she’s my batch mate in the junior team. We were promoted the same time two years ago, so I really don’t want to be left behind.”While Pearly will take part in the All-England, Yap Ling is just disappointed for letting her partner Mei Xing down for missing the European competitions.

“It’s been more than a year since Mei Xing and I last competed on the international stage, the last was the Malaysian Masters in January last year. So I do feel sorry for her, ” said Yap Ling, who teamed up with Mei Xing in mid-2019.“We’ve improved and all is well with our combination. I’ve a good feeling over our future together.”

The duo are ranked 70th in the world and showed some promise by reaching the semi-finals of the Sydney International Series and finishing runners-up to Pearly-Thinaah at the Indian International Challenge in 2019.“I hope to recover as soon as possible and come back stronger. Mei Xing and I have set a world top-20 target. We will make a push for it when we return to competitions later, ” added Yap Ling, whose badminton idol is Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen, who won the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medal with Kamilla Rytter Juhl.

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