S. Kisona will be aiming to get her career back on track as she headlines the national contingent’s participation at the Spanish International this week (June 16-19).
The women’s singles shuttler endured a tough journey in her three tournaments this year by crashing out in the early rounds.
She featured at the prestigious All-England Championships but was given a ruthless lesson in the first round by Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan and lost 6-21, 7-21.
The world number 61 was slated to compete at the Spain Masters last month, but the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) made a U-turn after deeming her not ready.
Now Kisona has the chance to set the record straight at this lower tier $15,000 (RM61,620) event, where she is seeded fourth.
“I don’t want to link the forthcoming event with my previous competitions. I want to focus on Spain and concentrate on delivering my best,” said Kisona, who will play a qualifier.
Since the All-England, the reigning SEA Games gold medalist trained hard with her coach Indra Wijaja.
Another shuttler who is out for redemption is men’s singles player Lim Chong King.
Lim, who crashed out to a lower ranked opponent at the Polish Open in March, recently sparred with world number eight Lee Zii Jia to improve his competitiveness.
“I had a lot of help throughout the training camp as I sparred regularly with Lee. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself and just focus on court,” said Lim, who will play in the qualifiers and be joined by Goh Wyman.
In the women’s singles, Goh Jin Wei lines up alongside Kisona and will play a qualifier in the first round.
Man Wei Chong-Kai Wun Tee are in the main draw of the men’s doubles, along with Loo Bing Kun-Lwi Sheng Hao.
In the women’s doubles, Teoh Mei Xing-Yap Ling progressed to the second round after getting a bye.
Teoh will also play in the mixed doubles with Kai.