PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles shuttler Shevon Lai Jemie wants to end the year with a medal in a major event.
So expect her to step on the gas with Goh Soon Huat in the European leg starting with the Denmark Open from Oct 18-23 in Odense. They will also compete in the French Open in Paris (Oct 25-30) and the Hylo Open in Saarbrucken in Germany (Nov 1-6).
Shevon-Soon Huat are ranked 13th in the world and are set to qualify for the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China, in December.
It has been a pretty good year for Shevon-Soon Huat so far, despite having gone through some challenges.
They dumped world No. 1 Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand in the opening round of the Indonesian Open.
They also upstaged world No. 9 Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue of France to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championships in Tokyo and did well to reach the Singapore Open semi-finals.
“Overall, both of us have done well, we’ve seen improvements in some areas of our game where we used to struggle before … so those are the plus points,” said Shevon.
“There have been some good results but we really want to get a medal in a major event. We also want to beat at least another top five pair besides the Thais this year.”Shevon-Soon Huat were on fire at the world meet en route to the quarter-finals before losing to world No. 2 Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino.
“It has been a good year with many challenges, we’ve experienced both ups and downs,” she said.
“We supported each other through some really tough times, hard trainings, Covid-19, acute food poisoning and drop in form and confidence, just to mention a few.
“It’s great that we came through it all and we are now looking forward to our European tournaments. We hope for positive results, and ultimately hope to make a mark in our last major tournament at the World Tour Finals,” she added.
Shevon-Soon Huat and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing are in good positions to qualify for the Finals at fourth and sixth respectively. A country can have two pairs if both are ranked in the top four, which is not impossible to achieve.