R. Satheishtharan, Goh Jin Wei and Lee Ying Ying kept Malaysia’s hope alive at the BWF World Junior Championships (WJC) in Lima, Peru. All three players won their respective matches to march into the quarter-finals. As expected, Sathiesh defeated Peru’s Diego Mini, 21/5, 21/11 and went on to beat Kenya Mitsuhashi of Japan in the fourth round. He faces Siril Verma of India for a place in the semi-finals. Unfortunately, second seed, Cheam June Wei and Yeoh Seng Zoe failed to clear the fourth round when they lost to Koki Watanabe of Japan and top seed, Firman Abdul Kholik of Indonesia.
As for Jin Wei and Ying Ying, a win will see them becoming Malaysia’s first girls’ singles to make it to semi-finals stage of a world meet. Jin Wei who became the pocket wonder of the country after clinching the bronze medal at the 2015 SEA Games and winning two international tournaments recently is determined to come back with a medal for Malaysia. She faces Chen Yufei of China tomorrow.
On the other hand, 18 year-old Ying Ying is also hoping for a good ending in her last world junior meet. She may have given the Malaysian contingent a scare after losing to an unknown player from USA in the team event but she overcame that defeat by coming thus far in this competition to prove that she can be a threat to many players.
“I have not been performing very well this year and I wanted to prove myself here. It was not easy for me when I lost to Jamie Hsu of USA but thankfully, I came back stronger. Against third seed, Supanida Katethong of Thailand, I least expected I’ll beat her and when I did, it definitely boosted my confidence level. It also helped me to realize that I am capable of going far in this competition. My next opponent, Julie may not be as strong as some of the Asian players, however, I am not going to underestimate her as my target is to become the first womens’ singles champion,” said Ying Ying from a telephone conversation from Peru.
Ying Ying will be up against Julie Dawall Jakobsen of Denmark later tonight. Her coach Rony Augustinus is also there to give her the guidance she needs and that should also motivate her to play well.
There were however no cheers in the boys’ doubles after both pairs crashed out in the fourth round. Tan Jinn Hwa/ Goh Sze Fei could not get the better off third seeds, Kenya Mitsuhashi/ Yuta Watanabe while Aaron Chia/ Soh Wooi Yik were defeated by Koreans, Lee Hong Sub/ Lim Su Min. Mixed doubles pair, Goh Sze Fei/ Teoh Mei Xing gave a good fight before falling to Adulrach Namkul/ Pornpawee Chochuwong 21/13, 16/21, 19/21.