The pandemic brought many things to a halt this year, but Chow Mei Kuan managed to achieve two significant life events by officially graduating with a degree, and tying the knot with the love of her life.
The national women’s doubles shuttler received her certificate in Sports Management Science earlier this month, and shared the good news of her matrimonial last week.
After so much uncertainty and lack of direction, the world number 14 was delighted with things shaping up on the right track.
“We were fighting to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and suddenly there were no tournaments. It felt like we lost some direction in life, but I am appreciative of the fact we are healthy and get to do what we love.
“I’m happy to receive my degree cert as well, although it was disappointing to not attend the convocation as it was a lifetime event to cherish with my friends and family. I hope to use my education to help my career, and when I eventually retire,” Chow told Stadium Astro.
On the career front, the 26-year-old has the Asian meet to look forward to with partner Lee Meng Yean.
They are slated to compete in the Yonex Thailand Open (January 12th-17th) and Toyota Thailand Open (January 19th-24th), and if they do well, could feature in the backdated World Tour Finals (January 27th-31th).
Their target, besides making the Olympics cut, is to breach the world top 10.
“That has always been the target, but the women’s doubles is competitive and we have always had a tough time facing the Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian pairs. But with everyone not playing on the World Tour for so long, the scenario could be different.
“We are prepared for this tournament and ready to give it our best. Working with coach (Chan Chong Ming) has been good. His sessions are demanding but quality. He is open to discussions anytime so that is helpful too.”
Chow was supposed to have her wedding ceremony end of this year, but she decided to put that life event on hold to chase her career dreams.
“My husband is supportive, and he wants me to chase my dreams first. We will plan the ceremony at another time, for now its focus to do well and qualify for the Olympics,” she added.