THE BA of Malaysia (BAM) have given national men’s singles Cheam June Wei a one-year ultimatum to shape up or ship out.
Bearing in mind that time is not on his side, the 23-year-old has vowed to repay the national body’s trust by making an impression this year.
Yesterday, June Wei won both his qualifying round matches to reach the first round of the Thailand Masters in Bangkok.
In the first match, the Penang-born saw off Indonesia’s Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo 21-13, 21-15 before dispatching Taiwan’s Lu Chia Hung 21-8, 21-15 to set a date with World No 16 Kenta Nishimoto of Japan today.
June Wei said: “I know that BAM have given me a chance to prove myself, and I cannot let them down.
“I need to trust the process and do everything I can to start making an impression.
“I want to start performing and win some titles. I need to get my confidence going,” said the World No 75 when contacted yesterday.
Also reaching the first round was independent shuttler Soong Joo Ven.
Joo Ven, one of the seven who was axed from the national body last year, edged France’s Lucas Claerbout 19-21, 21-15, 21-19 in the first match before upstaging former Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi 21-19, 21-11. Joo Ven will take on Brazil’s Ygor Coelho today.
In the women’s singles, two-time world junior champion Goh Jin Wei got her 2020 season off to a winning start with a convincing 21-16, 21-11 win over England’s Chloe Birch in the qualifying round.
Jin Wei, who had not seen competitive action since June last year due to a stomach ailment, will take on World No 3 Akane Yamaguchi today.
In the men’s doubles first round, national No 2 Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani kept a cool head to upset World No 11 Han Cheng Kai-Zhou Hao Dong of China 21-17, 21-18.
The World No 25 will play Taiwan’s Lee Jhe Huei-Yang Po Hsuan tomorrow.
Also reaching the second round were Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, who upset World No 9 Choi Solgyu-Seo Seung Jae of South Korea 21-11, 21-18. They play China’s Ou Xuan Yi-Zhang Nan next.