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Aiming for Victory: Michelle Li’s Confidence Soars at PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2023

Michelle Li, currently ranked No.15 in the world, is brimming with confidence as she prepares for the PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2023 presented by DAIHATSU. Her recent string of impressive performances has left her determined to go all the way at the Axiata Arena this week.

Li entertaining fan requests for a selfie after her match.

Li, reflecting on her first-round win over Yeo Jia Min with a score of 21-19, 13-21, 21-9, confidently stated, “I want to win.” When asked if she aims to win the tournament, she responded with a resounding “Oh yeah, 100 per cent.”

Her optimism is well-founded. Not only did Li end a three-year title drought by winning the Canada Open seven months ago, but she also became the Pan Am champion for the sixth time in April. Last week, she showcased her skills in the group matches for Canada at the TotalEnergies Sudirman Cup Finals 2023, impressively stretching Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon to three games and securing a straight games victory over Yvonne Li.

Despite facing a demanding travel schedule from Canada to Suzhou, Li remains undeterred. She acknowledges the challenges but refuses to use them as excuses for her performances. Instead, she sees traveling and competing as the norm, stating, “I did okay there, I can learn from those matches and carry it on to the next tournaments.”

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With her sights set on qualifying for her fourth successive Olympic Games at Paris 2024, Li has assembled a team to support her journey. She emphasizes the importance of analysis and preparation before each match, ensuring readiness regardless of her opponent.

In the second round, Li will face Pornpawee Chochuwong. Although they last played in 2019, Li holds a 2-1 head-to-head lead. However, she doesn’t dwell on past encounters, recognizing Chochuwong’s recent strong performances and regarding her as a top player. Li is committed to being fully prepared for whatever challenges her opponent brings.

WHAT OTHERS SAID:

  • “We ended up allowing them to dictate the tempo but woke up in time to win the decider.” – Praveen Jordan, relieved that dropping the second game against Goh Soon Huat/Lai Shevon Jemie didn’t cost him and Melati Daeva Oktavianti the match.

  • “Never easy against him. He’s a fighter, he always comes back when you least expect it. It was important to be proactive, build a lead, and close it out.” – Prannoy H. S., reflecting on his victory against Chou Tien Chen.

  • “I had a good week at the Sudirman Cup, and it boosted my confidence. I was prepared for a rubber but stayed patient and took the chances that came my way.” – Lee Zii Jia, after an impressive comeback against Lu Guang Zu.

Prannoy made amends after losing to the Chinese Taipei shuttler in Suzhou last week.

FAQs

Q: What are Michelle Li’s recent achievements?
A: Michelle Li ended a three-year title drought by winning the Canada Open and became the Pan Am champion for the sixth time in April.

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Q: How has Michelle Li performed in recent matches?
A: Michelle Li showcased her skills in the TotalEnergies Sudirman Cup Finals 2023, stretching Ratchanok Intanon to three games and securing a victory over Yvonne Li.

Q: Who is Michelle Li’s upcoming opponent?
A: In the second round of the PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2023, Michelle Li will face Pornpawee Chochuwong.

Conclusion

Michelle Li’s confidence is soaring as she aims for victory at the PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2023. With her recent successes and unwavering determination, she is ready to take on any challenge that comes her way. Li’s commitment to continuous improvement and her focus on analysis and preparation make her a formidable contender in the badminton world. Stay tuned for more updates on her journey to the top.

To learn more about Michelle Li and her achievements, visit Carnegiecentre.