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Malaysian Uber Cup Line-Up May See Changes

KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Uber Cup women line-up may see changes if the Badminton World Federation (BWF) accept an application to replace two injured players.

The application to replace Lydia Cheah (second singles) and Julia Wong (third singles), both of them nursing knee injuries, was sent to the BWF yesterday, said Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh.

He said BAM was now awaiting the BWF's decision, which would be made by its match referee.

In accordance with BWF rules, Malaysia can replace their players on injury grounds but the substitutes must be ranked lower than the players being replaced, he told reporters here on Wednesday.

Based on the world ranking, Lydia, who is ranked 63rd, will be replaced by replaced by Sanatasah Saniru, who is ranked 99th while Julia (147th) will be substituted by junior shuttler Sonia Cheah (280th).

The original Uber Cup squad comprised Wong Mew Choo, Julia, Lydia, Tee Jing Yi (singles) and Chin Eei Hui/Wong Pei Tty, Woon Khe Wei/Vivian Ho, Goh Lui Ying/Ng Hui Lin (doubles).

Malaysia were drawn in Group A together with China and the United States.

National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek said if the application was rejected, Lydia and Julia would continue to be in the Uber Cup campaign but their injuries might affect Malaysia's performance.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Thomas Cup and Uber Cup squads held a simulation training at the Juara Stadium Juara, Bukit Kiara watched by about 200 fans.

The simulation training results:

Thomas Cup squad:

Datuk Lee Chong Wei bt Liew Darren 21-11, 21-14; Wong Choong Hann bt Tan Chun Seang 21-15, 23-21; Muhammad Hafiz Hashim bt Chan Kwong Beng 21-9, 21-17; Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong bt Ong Soon Hock/Hoon Thien How 21-16, 23-21; Mak Hee Chun/Tan Wee Kiong bt Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari/Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif 18-21, 21-15, 21-17.

Uber Cup squad:

Wong Mew Choo bt Florah Ng 21-14, 21-8; Tee Jing Yi bt Ng Sin Er 21-12, 21-16; Sannatasah Saniru bt Nurhani Abd Aziz 21-13, 21-11; Wong Pei Tty/Lim Yin Loo bt Nairul Shuhada Abd Latif/Ng Paou Leng 21-19, 21-14; and Vivian Khoo/Woon Khe Wei bt Ng Hui Lin/Goh Liu Ying 21-19, 21-14.

Source from BERNAMA

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