Although the Uber Cup team may have lost in the group stage, the players however showed good fighting spirit on court. The highlight of the game was surely 16 year-old Goh Jin Wei who showed tremendous improvement playing in her first ever Uber Cup.
Being the smallest in the team and yet displaying such amazing talent, the 2015 world junior champion was nothing but splendid especially when she played against reigning world champion, Carolina Marin of Spain this morning.
Jin Wei who played the first singles almost created an upset when she stretched the world No.1 to three games. Marin won the first game 21-18 while the second game belonged to the Malaysian who won 22-20. The energetic Jin Wei did not just stop there and continued to cope with the Spaniard’s rallies and smashes.
Although the end results sided Marin who eventually won 21-16 in a match that lasted for more than an hour, credit has to be given to the Malaysian for her confidence and courage this being her Uber Cup debut.
“I just wanted to play my game and did not want her achievements to affect me in any way since she is a two-time world champion. I told myself that she is just another player and I am going there to fight for every point. It’s a memorable day for me too playing against the top player in the world,” said Jin Wei at the Kunshan Sports Centre Stadium.
Malaysia defeated Spain 3-2 to settle for third place in Group A. The three points came from Soniia Cheah, women’s doubles, Chow Mei Kuan/ Lee Meng Yean and the scratch pair of Woon Khe Wei/ Amelia Anscelly. Leaders, China who are top in the group will be joined by Denmark in the quarter-finals stage.