Wiser Ying Ying now knows she must strike while it’s hot

PETALING JAYA: Lee Ying Ying has learnt a valuable lesson following her loss in the Polish Open final.

The 19-year-old shuttler was just two points away from beating Japan’s world No. 49 Yui Hashimoto for her second career women’s singles title in Warsaw on Sunday. Ying Ying was leading 19-17 in the second game but fluffed her chances to lose 13-21, 21-19, 21-10 in 62 minutes.

World No. 64 Ying Ying is, however, taking the defeat in her stride. And she believes she needs to start taking risks during crucial moments.

“I started very well, but I just couldn’t finish it towards the end of the second game,” admitted Ying Ying.

“I should have attacked more. Instead, I was trying to play safe and that cost me the match.

“But it’s a good lesson. I’m not disappointed (with the loss) because my performance improved with every match.

“I hope to perform better in my next tournament now that I know what I did wrong, I’ll make sure I don’t repeat the same mistakes,” added Ying Ying.

By reaching the final, Ying Ying is expected to break into the world’s top 50 for the first time in the next rankings list.

She will overtake world No. 57 Ho Yen Mei as the national No. 3. Seventeen-year-old Goh Jin Wei, the No. 31, is the national No. 1 followed by No. 44 Soniia Cheah.

Ying Ying will next compete in the Orleans International, which starts in France on Thursday. Her first-round opponent is Taiwanese Sung Shuo-yun.

Besides Ying Ying, the other Malaysians competing are Tan Jia Wei and Lee Zii Jia in the men’s singles.

Polish Open champion Jia Wei and Zii Jia, the Thailand Masters runner-up, will start from the qualifying rounds.