National men's singles shuttler Soong Joo Ven. NSTP file pic/LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR

NATIONAL men's singles shuttler Soong Joo Ven, has not given up yet.

In fact the 22-year-old has got big dreams and hopes to achieve some of them beginning next year.

On Wednesday, Joo Ven checked into the third round of the Korea Masters in Gwangju, when he eased past local qualifier Ko Gyung Bo 21-9, 21-13.

The Kuala Lumpur-born player admitted he has been struggling to make a name for himself in the men's singles, especially among the ranks of former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei and other younger shuttlers moving up fast like Lee Zii Jia and Leong Jun Hao.

"It's difficult. Of course I feel down, when I can't seem to find a break for myself. However, I am not envious of my teammates.

"For me, I look at it in a positive way. Healthy competition is needed so we get to improve.

"Personally I have got big dreams and I wish to achieve some of them next year. My main goal is to start playing in the Super Series, and maybe make the squad for the Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast) and the Thomas Cup (Bangkok)," said Joo Ven, whose best result this season was reaching the final of the Polish International in September.

In the third round on Thursday, Joo Ven is up against Taiwan's Lee Chia Hao.

"I have not played this player before, but I watched his second round match earlier. He is a good player, but I wouldn't want to comment much until I play him first," added Joo Ven, who reached his maiden GP Gold semi-final in June at the Thailand Open.

Meanwhile in the women's singles opening round, Soniia Cheah put up a superb show to upset sixth seed Fitriani Fitriani of Indonesia 21-18, 16-21, 21-16. The national No 1 will play China's Wang Zhiyi next.

The China shuttler had earlier defeated Malaysia's S. Kisona 21-16, 21-19. Ho Yen Mei also crashed out in the first round after going down 21-18, 21-19 to Taiwan's Lee Chia Hsin.

Also through to the second round were women's doubles Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and mixed doubles duo Chan Peng Soon-cheah Yee See.

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