'I believe if he plays his best, he certainly stands a good chance of achieving a breakthrough,' says coach Hong Kong's leading shuttler Ng Wei will aim at breaking into the top eight when he spearheads a strong nine-member squad for the world championships in Anaheim in the United States from August 15 to 21. Currently ranked ninth in the world, the 24-year-old Ng has been in impressive form this year, reaching the quarter-finals at a number of major tournaments, including last month's Singapore Open, where he defeated Thailand Open champion Muhd Hashim of Malaysia to make it into the last eight. 'It's time for Ng to prove himself on the big stage,' Hong Kong coach Chan Chi-choi said. 'He has turned himself from a fringe player into a regular player on the world circuit, but that's not good enough if he intends to join the elite. 'He needs a big lift in his confidence to convince himself that he can do it. The world championship is an ideal place.' World number one Lin Dan of China, world number two Kenneth Jonassen of Denmark and his fellow countryman Peter Gade, the world number three, and Olympic champion and world number six Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia have all entered the singles event in the US. The draw will be made as the tournament approaches. 'It is not going to be easy for any of the players at such a level, but I believe if he plays at his best, he certainly stands a good chance of achieving a breakthrough,' said the coach. Agus Hariyanto will be the second singles player for Hong Kong, while in the women's singles, Wang Chen, the world number four, will be teamed up with youngster Yip Pui-yin, who qualified for the world championship for the first time. The other Hong Kong team members, who have qualified, are Liu Kwok-wa and Albertus Njoto in the men's doubles, Li Wing-mui and Wong Man-ching in the women's doubles and two pairs in the mixed doubles - Njoto and Li and Liu and Lousia Koon Wai-chee. In the women's singles, Wang will again face her old rivals from China - Zhang Ning, the world number one, Xie Xingfang, the world number two and Zhou Mi, the world number six as well as Pi Hongyan of France, the world number three and Yao Jie, the world number five from the Netherlands. 'They all know each well after playing against each other so many times in the top level. 'Wang has also been in impressive form this year and should be able to achieve some good results. Of course we also expect her to reach the quarter-finals and she has the quality. 'Whether she reaches a later stage will depend on how she performs on that particular day,' Chan said. Chan, however, has high hopes in youngster Yip, saying the junior will probably become a top player on the world stage if she keeps making progress. 'Yip works extremely hard in training and although the diminutive player has little advantage in her physique, she always shows a strong willpower to do well. 'This will be her first individual world championships and by playing against the top players, she should be able to improve her game, physically and psychologically,' he said. 'She has been given a lot of exposure over the past couple of months and she has not let us down.' Apart from representing Hong Kong in May's Sudirman Cup world team championships, where she played in the women's singles, she also took part in the Asian junior championships and finished with a bronze medal. Chan, however, said that Hong Kong's number two singles player Ling Wan-ting had retired from the sport. 'She wants to focus on studies and has decided to end her career,' said Chan. Ling, 24, has represented Hong Kong in all major tournaments, including the Athens Olympics. She was a key member of the women's team, who won bronze medals at both the Uber Cup and Asian Games in 2002. She last represented Hong Kong in the Korea Open in January.