Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sonia's World Championships hopes crushed

Massive blow: Sonia Cheah suffered an Achilles tendon tear during training at the Juara Stadium
Massive blow: Sonia Cheah suffered an Achilles tendon tear during training at the Juara Stadium
PETALING JAYA: Youngster Sonia Cheah’s World Championship hopes is all but crushed after she suffered an Achilles tendon tear during training at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

The 19-year-old Sonia, the country’s leading women’s singles player, landed awkwardly after retrieving the shuttle and suffered a tear in her right leg.

The world No. 35 was in pain and taken home by Lydia, her elder sister, to rest before seeking treatment at the National Sports Institute (NSI).

Women’s singles coach Wong Tat Meng admitted that the injury was a massive blow to Sonia as she may not recover in time for the World Championships in Guangzhou from Aug 5-11.

“She landed badly and there was a tear in her right leg. I feared for the worst and sent her home to rest before we sent her to the NSI,” said Tat Meng.

“It seemed really bad and she couldn’t even stand and had to be supported as she limped out of the training centre.

“After a check-up by NSI chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz, it was confirmed that she did damage her Achilles tendon in her right leg. But we are still waiting for the official NSI report.

“This is really bad news for Sonia as she was really looking forward to competing in the World Championships,” said Tat Meng.

With Sonia out, world No.41 Tee Jing Yi will be Malaysia’s sole representative in the women singles.

By KNG ZHENG GUAN  - THE STAR

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