Name: Yip Pui-yin School: Sports Institute (full-time athlete) Age: 17 Sport: Badminton Achievements: Yip did the Hong Kong national team proud at the Sudirman Cup held in Shanghai earlier this month. A former student at Jockey Club Ti-I College who turned full-time 18 months ago, she played a starring role when she joined senior player, Wang Chen, in the doubles. In singles, the 17-year-old took on England's top-ranked Tracy Hallam and China's world number one, Xie Xingfeng. Although Yip lost both singles matches in straight sets, she showed great courage. Last year she came third in singles at the Taiwan Open, and reached the last 16 of the World Junior Championships. At the Holland Junior Open in February, she placed third in both singles and mixed doubles. She is currently 97th in the world junior rankings. Soundbite: 'It was the first time I had played in such a big tournament [Sudirman Cup]. I was thrilled to play against the world's number one. And playing with Wang Chen in doubles was a fantastic experience. She taught me a lot. She's my hero.' From her coach: 'She is our big hope for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and beyond,' said national team head coach, Chan Chi-choi. 'Wang Chen is 29, so we need new blood. Pui-yin has made good progress and has great determination. Compared to others of her size or age, she is powerful and very confident. The Sudirman Cup was a good experience for her. She had never seen such an atmosphere before, but she will learn from it.' Ambitions: Yip wants to be among the world's top 20 junior players by the end of the year. She also aims to reach the semi-finals of the World Junior Championships and Asian Junior Championships this year.