Name: Yip Pui-yin Sport: Badminton Achievements: Yip, 20, ranked number 13 in the world, is a full-time athlete. She reached the semi-finals of the 2007 China Masters last month. She beat 2004 Olympic champion Zhang Ning on her way to a silver medal in the women's singles at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. Yip (right) represented the SAR at the 2005 World Championships, where she beat world number 11, Kanako Yonekura, in the second round. She is one of the torchbearers for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Soundbite: 'I took up badminton when I was six years old. When I first saw a boy jumping up to smash a ball, I was deeply impressed by the explosive power of badminton,' said Yip. 'I became a full-time athlete three years ago. Playing badminton allows me to travel around the world and broaden my horizons. 'My most memorable match was against Zhang Ning at the Asian Games last year. I never thought I could beat the world number one player. It was a miracle. I love badminton and it's worth spending a lot of time and effort on the sport because it gives me immense satisfaction.' From her coach: 'Yip loves the game although she is not a born shuttler,' said Hong Kong's head badminton coach, Chan Chi-choi. 'She works hard, and together with her cheerful character and open mind, has reached a very high standard. 'However, she is still young and there is room for improvement. I hope the public's expectations are not too high because this could put pressure on her.' Ambitions: 'I'm preparing for the 2008 Olympic Games. I would like to stay in the top 16 in the world rankings in order to gain automatic entry to Beijing,' Yip said. 'In order to achieve my goal, I practise up to 10 hours a day and try to improve my weaknesses.'