Sunday, September 26, 2010
Malaysian wildcard : Yew Ming to face Bhamri in first Round
Si Yew Ming of Malaysia will face Yuki Bhamri of India this Sunday Kuala Lumpur : Sweet surprise was in store for national tennis player Si Yew Ming, who was gifted a wildcard entry into the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur main draw. Yew Ming, 31, was originally a wilcard entrant in the singles qualifying.
However, Australian player Lleyton Hewitt was reportedly unable to play due to an injury, and had to pull out in the eleventh hour. Lleyton injured his wrist during the Davis Cup campaign for Australia, and was awaiting the doctor's report on whether can he play in Kuala Lumpur.
However, doctors have advised against Lleyton playing here, dealing a blow to the Australian, and his fans in Malaysia. "When they told me that I will be in the main draw, I was shocked. "It is hard to describe how I feel, but happy would be one of it," he added. The draw ceremony conducted at the Putra Indoor Stadium has pitted Yew Ming against India's rising star Yuki Bhambri in the first round.
As a result of that, Kei Nishikori of Japan will move into the main draw top 20 from a wildcard spot to replace Llyton Hewitt's absence, while Yew Ming will take the third main draw wildcard spot alongside Yuki Bhambri of India and Australian prodigy Bernard Tomic.
Yew Ming could not contain his excitement of being in the main draw. "I was really happy," said a surprised Yew Ming.
On his expectations for the all-Asian wildcard battle, Yew Ming is determined to bring in his game, plus a few tricks from the recent training session in Barcelona, Spain. "I hope to utilize a couple of techniques we learned there. But what is important for me is to bring in my 'A' game.
"This will be the first time we will meet on court, so I will be ready to put on a good performance at home," he added.