TOP seed Suzy Sulaiman, in the women's silat seni, will be relied upon to add to the medal tally at the Manila SEA Games beginning next week.
Despite not winning a medal in the last SEA Games two years ago in Vietnam, Suzy is confident of a medal finish at this year's meet.
"The friendly competition in Bangkok last month, which was also our final training stint before the Games, has helped me asses my current form and preparation," said the Kuantan-born lass.
Suzy, who practices the silat cekak harimau, will be competing in the Puteri Tunggal event.
"The SEA Games is going to be more challenging because exponents from South East Asian countries are tougher and better in this sport, especially the ones from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines," said Suzy.
Suzy stepped into the national side in 2003 after winning the National Championships.
A year later she won in the World Championship in Singapore Open which boosted her national ranking.
Along with silat olahraga exponents Mohd Azrin Abdul Malek, Abang Erdie Fauzeral Abang Fauzan, Ahmad Shahril Zailudin and Mohd Zuber Ismai, Suzy emerged champion in her category at the Paris, Belgium and Switzerland Opens this year.
"I have been training since May for the SEA Games, but I still think I need to put in more effort.
My confidence level has been increasing steadily though I shudder as the Games approaches," Said Suzy.
"I'm only worried about exponents from Indonesia who are heavy.
In the Vietnam Games, the hosts were the feared ones, but now it's Indonesia we need to look out for." Suzy trains under a private coach, Nasri Nasir.
The silat squad will leave for Cebu Island on Saturday and begin competition on Wednesday at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, Cebu City.
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