BWF World Championship: Nerves Get The Better Of Debutant Sannatash

Last update: 26/08/2014

From Mazani Chan Yat Sin

COPENHAGEN, Aug 26 (Bernama) -- Nerves got the better of Malaysia's women's singles player Sannatasah Saniru in her maiden BWF Badminton World Champion here.

The former national player who now represents the Public Service Department
Badminton Club exited the prestigious championship in the very first round
Monday after going down 18-21, 21-19 and 12-21 to Sarah Walker of England.

"I admit I was very nervous this being my debut at the World Championship and was not able to play my best...I am disappointed that I did not win," she told Bernama afterwards.

She said she would be competing in the 43rd RSL Czech International in the Czech Republic from Sept 25-28 next but was not setting any personal targets.

She also thanked her club for giving her the opportunity to compete at the highest level after quitting the BAM in 2013.

"It has been very different since I left BAM especially in terms of training as have to do without top-notch sparring partners. Nevertheless, I am very happy that my club is willing to foot the bill for my overseas competitions," said Sannatasah, who hails from Sabah.

Earlier, Malaysia's top women's singles player Tee Jing Yi had easily booked her second round slot after defeating Michelle Chan Ky of New Zealand in straight sets of 21-14 and 21-19.

However, she is expected to have a much tougher task to go further as she will be meeting ninth seeded Carolina Marin of Spain in the second round on Tuesday.