The Malaysian girls have already made history in Lima when they outclassed their opponents from China and Denmark to reach the semi-finals of BWF World Junior Championships (WJC). They have also become the first girls’ singles to achieve such a feat at a world meet. Jin Wei defeated Chen Yufei in a close battle that saw these players battling each point but the petite Jin Wye persevered till the very last point. She eventually won 21/19, 22/20 to assure Malaysia’s first medal.
To make it grander, Lee Ying Ying joined teammate, Jin Wei to ensure two medals for Malaysia. Ying Ying overcame Julie Dawall Jakobsen of Denmark in three games, 19/21, 21/13, 21/10. The best results thus far in a world junior meet for girls’ singles was Sonias Cheah at the 2011 World Junior Championships. Therefore, this surely is the best results in the girls’ singles category.
In addition, top seed He Bingjiao was sent packing by Natsuki Nidaira of Japan yesterday night. Instead of meeting the 2015 Asian Junior champion, Ying Ying will now meet the Japanese. As for Jin Wei, she faces another Japanese Moe Araki who also defeated a Chinese player, Gao Fangjie. Hence, the girls’ singles semi-finals will be between Malaysia and Japan.
In the boys’ singles, it was the end of the road for Malaysia’s only hope R. Satheishtharan who was beaten by Siril Verma of India, 15/21, 14/21. With Sathiesh’ defeat, Malaysia hope for a mens’ singles champion after Zulfadli Zulkifli’s victory in 2012 will continue.