KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 (Bernama) -- The national tennis squad will be up to the challenge of qualifying for the final in the 2017 SEA Games hosted by Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
National tennis coach, Muliyadi Jamal said he believes the country has the potential to reach the finals, especially through Jawariah Noordin.
He said the SEA Games next year will see five events being contested, namely men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.
"For me the target is the players need to improve their ranking, if their ranking is good, we will avoid meeting the good players in the draw, such as from Thailand and the Philippines.
"National player Jawariah is now in Egypt. This time, I see the women have more potential. My personal goal is that in all events contested, at least one should qualify for the final," he told reporters at the Jalan Duta Tennis Centre, near here.
Earlier, the country's tennis team received a visit from SEA Games chef de mission Datuk Marina Chin, who had come to observe their training sessions.
Malaysia won a gold medal in the 1973 SEA Games (SEAP Games) through women's doubles pair, Radhika Menon and Lim Kheow Suen but since then the country's best achievement has been a silver medal at the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur from the women's team event.