WOMEN’S singles Myisha Khairul has vowed to keep her feet firmly on the ground after winning the Dutch International for her first senior title.
The 19-year-old defeated compatriot Siti Nurshuhaini Azman 21-19, 18-21, 21-19 in a 65-minute pulsating final in Wateringen on Saturday.
Myisha knows how massive the victory is for her as she is looking to punch her ticket to Bangkok next month for her Uber Cup debut.
Myisha is one of six singles shuttlers in the 12-member Uber Cup squad for the ongoing training camp.
The others are S. Kisona, Goh Jin Wei, Eoon Qi Xuan, Tan Zhing Yi and Chan Wen Tse.
“It was a great battle with Siti. The last time I played a competitive game against her was during an internal ranking event (last September), which I lost,” said Myisha, who was promoted to the senior team last year.
“It cost me a place in the Uber Cup (in Aarhus) squad. Hopefully, I will earn my debut this year.
“I am grateful to be called up for the camp, so I certainly hope to make the final list. I will give my utmost best in Bangkok if I get an Uber Cup ticket.”
World No 328 Myisha is expected to climb to No 251 when the world rankings are updated tomorrow.
“My only aim for now is to improve my ranking. It was so hard to even get into a tournament in the last 12 months,” said Myisha, who has made four senior Open tournament appearances to date.
“I am really happy that I made this Dutch meet count this time. I cherish every tournament opportunity, and I must collect as many points as possible.
“That’s why I can’t be too excited. It’s just the beginning of my long journey ahead.”