After putting up a valiant fight against world No.6 Ratchanok Intanon, Malaysia badminton star Soniia Cheah fell short of qualifying for the round of 16.
This is Sonia’s first Olympic appearance after suffering from an Achilles tendon injury eight years ago, which saw her undergo four separate surgeries.
In a post-match interview, an emotional Soniia gave a heartfelt apology to Malaysians for her defeat.
I’m sorry that I couldn’t win the match.”
She also praised Ratchanok for her resilience and skill and wished her all the best in her upcoming matches.
“She held on the pressure and managed to turn over the game.”
However, this defeat isn’t stopping Soniia from fulfilling her dream of bringing back an Olympic gold.
“I would like to continue on if I can, but this depends on my condition,” she said.
Soniia is the younger sister of former badminton athlete Lydiia Cheah, who had an illustrious 11-year career before calling it a day due to an injury.
Nevertheless, we are proud to see Soniia giving her all on the court and we wish her nothing but the best in the future.
Watch the full post-match interview here:
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