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The Road to Excellence

"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self" said Aldous Huxley.

Over the years Malaysia's women team has been overlooked by the very successful men's Malaysia's badminton team. But that is now changing because the Malaysia's women badminton team is improving themselves on a daily basis and they are now a competitive team. They are on the road to excellence.

First, there are several good women players on the Malaysia badminton team. The best Malaysia women badminton player is Wong Mew Choo. She won the woman singles at the 2007 China Open Super Series in 2007 at Guangzhou, China. She also defeated one of the best players in the world China's Xie Xingfang.

In addition, she won the women's single at the 2003 Southeast Asian Games. She is ranked as the 7th best badminton players in the world. Likewise, Chin Eei Hui is a very good female badminton player too. She competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

She partnered with Wong Pei Tty to win the 2008 women's double at the Denmark Super Series at Odense, Denmark. Equally important, Wong Pei Tty is one of Malaysia's better female badminton players. She won the women's double at the 2006 Commonwealth Games XV111 at Melbourne, Australia.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) is giving a lot of support to the women badminton program. The women's program is no longer being overlooked by the men's program. BAM has made winning a medal in the mixed doubles at 2012 Summer Olympics in London as a possible goal. They do realize that the mixed doubles team needs a lot of work.

However, the team is continually improving. The team has been getting better since Malaysia's mixed team won a gold medal at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games when they defeated England in the finals. That success has given the mixed team and the women team confidence needed to realize that winning a medal at the summer Olympics is possible.

The future looks bright for Malaysia's women's badminton program. The improvement of the women's badminton program is attracting younger women to the sport of badminton. They have idols to look up too like the elite player Wong Mew Choo. This gives them motivation to play badminton and to consider a career in the sport.

It makes them realize that it's possible to have a successful career as a Malaysia woman in professional badminton. The women players are now even sparring and practicing against the men on a daily basis. This in the past was unthought of in the program. But, the women program has improved to the point where the men and women programs give one another good competition in practice.

The improvement of the women's team makes the Malaysia badminton program better as a whole and gives them the opportunity to win more medals at the Olympics and World Championships.

The Malaysia's women program is slowly and surely creeping into the spotlight in the world of badminton. The team is continually improving. The female players now have gained the confidence and skill necessary to compete with the best badminton teams in the world. The program is continuing to pursue the road of excellence.

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