Malaysia has four finalist this year at the Maybank Malaysia International Youth U-19. M. Thinaah was dominant against her 14 year-old opponent, Park Ga Eun from Korea winning her match, 21/13, 21/15 in just 23 minutes. Thinaah will next meet another Korean, Shim Ye Rim to clinch her first international girls’ singles title for this year.
En route to the finals, the national under-18 champion had a good start when she ousted the 3rd seed from Korea before overcoming her junior, Pearly Tan, followed by Ga Eun. The win against 3rd seed, Na Rang gave her the jolt of confidence to continue playing well in her next matches, thus making it possible for her qualify for the finals tomorrow.
In mens’ doubles, Aaron Chia/ Soh Wooi Yik checked into the finals while Tan Jinn Hwa/ Goh Sze Fei could not make it a Malaysian affair. In last year’s tournament, Tan Jinn Hwa emerged as the boys’ doubles champion alongside his partner, Soh Wooi Yik but this time, Wooi Yik and his partner, Aaron will be targeting for a good finish in tomorrow's final.
Menawhile, Yeah Seng Zoe was in top form to beat 4th seed, R. Satheishtharan in the semi-finals today and he will meet, Adulrach Namkul of Thailand who ruined Lee Zii Jia’s chance of making it another all Malaysian affair in the boys’ singles. Mixed doubles will also have Goh Sze Fei/ Teoh Mei Xing playing their best against 4th seed Yantoni Edy Saputra/ Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso from Indonesia.