One gold is not enough for Thinaah

INSATIABLE is a word that best describes M. Thinaah (pic).

After helping Selangor take home the gold medal in the girls’ badminton team event on Friday, Thinaah is still unsatisfied and hungry to taste the same success in the individual event.

And as it is her last Games, the 20-year-old aims to go out with a double.

“This is my fourth Sukma outing and I’ve finally nailed one. Now that I have a chance to make it two, it’s exciting,” said Thinaah.

After receiving a first-round bye, the second seed and national shuttler showed her quality as she outclassed Myisha Mohd Khairul of Johor 21-7, 21-12 in the second round at the Perak Badminton Arena yesterday.

“I feel quite good but I still need to improve as I made a lot of mistakes and missed some shots.”

The road ahead will pose some dangers as she faces Eoon Qi Xuan, who also led Perak to the final of the team event, in the quarter-finals.

Thinaah came out triumphant when they faced each other in the second singles of the team final but it wasn’t after a hard fought three games for a 21-23, 21-16, 21-18 win.

“I really cannot underestimate her (Qi Xuan), she’s a good player and did push me to the limit in the team event,” she said.

If Thinaah gets past Qi Xuan, she could face third seed S. Kisona of Negri Sembilan in the semi-finals.

Kisona was on fire yesterday as she easily defeated Melaka’s Isabel Liau 21-9, 21-8.

“I also defeated Kisona in the team event, but I’ll have to keep up my performance to win again,” added Thinaah.

Thinaah’s challenge, however, ended in the girls’ doubles when – together with Teoh Mei Xing – they lost 17-21, 19-21 to fourth seeds Eng Sin Jou-Pearly Tan of Kedah in the first round.

Source: The Star

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