CWG2018: Ryan Ng relishes underdog experience at Commonwealth Games
14 April 2018
By Yaocheng Lee
Our Team Singapore shuttler made it to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he refused to go down without a fight against the world number one.
For Ryan Ng, making it to the Commonwealth Games was a dream come true. Making it through to the singles quarterfinal? Even better.
The 20-year-old was pitted against current world number one Srikanth Kidambi of India, where he went down, but not without a fight.
Ryan managed to hold his weight for a good bit, scoring 15-21, 12-21 in the match.
“This match is my biggest takeaway from the Games, as I’ve learnt many things like my strength and weaknesses,” said Ryan.
“It is indeed an honour to have this opportunity to play against the world number 1. I love to play as the underdog so I really enjoyed myself during the game.”
The results did not disappoint Ryan, but instead, served to motivate him.
“The match gave me a better gauge of my standard against world class athletes and I now know what are the areas that I need to improve on to be closer to the world class standard."
“I plan to improve on them as soon as I’m back so I can continue growing into a better player.”
Prior to the Games in Gold Coast, Ryan, together with the other members of the national team, trained in Germany and competed in Vietnam to get into condition.
“I never thought that I would have the opportunity to represent Singapore at such a grand event so I felt very excited about this competition.”
Ryan also hoped his debut at the Games can push the younger generation.
“There is no shortcut to success,” added Ryan. “Whenever you feel tired and feel like you’ve done enough, there’s always someone out there that’s working even harder than you, so never stop training hard and the results will show.”
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