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Soniia must overcome stern test to avoid another early exit

KUALA LUMPUR: National No. 1 Soniia Cheah will face a litmus test in the first round of the French Open in Paris from Oct 24-29.
The 23-year-old Soniia has been drawn to face third seed and world No. 3 Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea in the women’s singles event at the Superseries event.
It’s her sixth Superseries outing this year and the world No. 27 still finds the going tough.
“I feel small in big tournaments like the Superseries. I need to improve my mental strength and self-confidence,” admitted Soniia.
The Kuala Lumpur SEA Games silver medallist has crashed out in the early rounds of the Malaysian Open, Indonesian Open, Australian Open, Korean Open and Japan Open.
“It was close in the Korean Open but I stumbled (lost in straight games to Lee Jang-mi in the first round). I must start believing in myself,” she said.
“I’ll get better with more experience. This is my first year playing in high-level tournaments like this.
“But I’m grateful that my coaches (Tey Seu Bock and Rony Agustinus) are guiding me to be more confident on court. Skill alone is not enough. I need the boldness to go all out.
“Ji-hyun is an established player and I’ll be satisfied if I can give her a good fight.”
The other Malaysians entered for the French Open are Lee Chong Wei, Goh V Shem-Teo Ee Yi, Tan Wee Kiong-Ong Yew Sin, Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, Tee Jing Yi-Soong Fie Cho, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See and Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie.
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