The Malaysian juniors won in contrasting style against their neighbors, Thailand 3-1 at the BWF World Junior Championships to secure a fifth place in the mixed team event. It was also an improvement as last year saw the Malaysian juniors settling in sixth place overall. Malaysia had earlier lost to China in the last eight of the group stage and subsequently went on to battle for the 5th to 8th placing.
In their first match, they whipped Hong Kong China 3-0 and as the winner of the match, they went on to compete for the 5th and 6th placing where they will have to face Thailand, the bronze medalist of last year’s edition who had defeated Denmark earlier. Therefore, Malaysia were the underdogs against the Thais yesterday. However, the fighting spirit and determination shown by the juniors were the key to their 3-1 victory. According to project manager, Kwan Yoke Meng, the player’s aim were to improve the Malaysian standing in the mixed doubles event.
“Every player gave their heart out today to make sure they secure the fifth place and they did it. Although Yeoh Seng Zoe lost, he still did well. I felt that he was too defensive and eventually could not find the game rhythm against Adulrach. Overall, I am satisfied with the team’s effort and they did display an impressive performance”, said Yoke Meng during a phone conversation from Lima.
The scratch pair Tan Jinn Hwaa/ M. Thinaah in the mixed doubles delivered the first point when they defeated Pompawee Chochuwong/ Kanthaphon Wangcharoen 21/17, 21/15. The second match saw Malaysia’s Yeoh Seng Zoe going down to Adulrach Namkul 16/21, 24/22, 8/21. The defeat however did not dampen their spirits, instead, it made them work harder for their next two points.
Sure enough, boys’ doubles of Aaron Chia/ Goh Sze Fei and girls’ singles, Goh Jin Wei made sure that they deliver the winning points for Malaysia. Aaron Chia/ Sze Fei defeated Mek Narongrit/ Krit Tantianankul while Jin Wei was too strong for Supanida Katethong.