LEAMINGTON ace Kelly Sibley is ready to take on the world as she leads the England team at the World Team Championships in Malaysia.
Sibley joins up with Tin-Tin Ho and Karina Le Fevre as the England side, who are ranked 32 in the world, prepare to take on Serbia, Canada, Belgium, Turkey and New Zealand in Group E.
They begin the tournament against Turkey on Sunday before taking on Serbia last and Sibley believes a bit of inside knowledge could see them mount a serious challenge to the top seeds.
“Serbia are the No 1 seeds and would normally be in the top division, but Malaysia have taken their spot as hosts, so they will have a point to prove to show they deserve to be in that top division,” said Sibley.
“But we’ve got no pressure and we can cause them problems and maybe get an unexpected win.
“I know two of their players quite well – Anamaria Erdelji is in my French league team (Schiltigheim) and I’m the same age as Gabriela Feher so we’ve played each other all the way through the age groups. It’s going to be tough, but if we play well, we’ve got a chance.
“I think it’s quite a tough group. If the other teams put out their strong players, it will be difficult but if we play well and get behind each other we can get some decent wins. The main goal is to go up, but we just want to perform well.
“On a personal note, I was disappointed with how the Europeans went, because we wanted promotion and we weren’t able to do that. I want to go there and put in a better performance. I feel my training and match-play has been going well.”
Sibley also made light of the fact that the squad is only three-strong rather than four.
“We’re also taking a physio, which is good because there are a lot of matches,” she said. “It’s quite strenuous on the body but we can use the physio, get massages and rest properly.
“We’ve been training well and we’re fit and ready to go.”