Malaysia’s hope to surpass their quarter-final results achieved last year was dashed once again at the Badminton Asia Junior Championships in Bangkok this morning. Malaysia was beaten 3-0 by China in the quarter-finals this morning, hence ending yet another medal finish in the team event category. Malaysia were also defeated by China last year.
In today’s match, Soh Wooi Yik/M. Thinaah played the mixed doubles event, however the Chinese pair of Du Yue/He Jiting were too strong for them winning the match in two games. This was followed by boy’s singles shuttler, Lee Zii Jia who managed to give a challenge to Sun Feixiang but to no avail losing the match, 13-21, 18-21.
In the third match, Malaysia’s doubles pair of Chen Tang Jie/Hoo Pang Ron did all they could to win at least one point but the Chinese juniors proved too strong for them defeating the Malaysians, 21-15, 21-14.
According to Bukit Jalil Sports School coach, Kwan Yoke Meng, it was unfortunate to meet China in the quarter-finals. He also mentioned that although the players lost to Indonesia in the group stage yesterday, they showed good fighting spirit. Goh Jin Wei played for more than an hour before falling to Indoesia’s Gregoria Mariska in three games.
Overall, I am pleased that the players had good team work and motivated each other throughout the match. Although Jin Wei had won the first set of her the last doubles against Indonesia yesterday, she had to concede a walkover after having leg cramps due to the tough singles match she played earlier.
I decided to rest her today against China for her to recover and focus in the individual event. I hope the players will continue to play well and focus on every match,” said Yoke Meng from Bangkok.
China will meet Japan now while Korea will be up against Thailand in the semi-finals. As for our Malaysian players, they will now turn their focus to the individual event that begins on Wednesday, 13 July 2016.