After clinching the national U-18 girls’ singles title in Alor Setar last month, 17 year-old M. Thinaah continued her fine run after disposing third seed, Jang Na Rang of Korea in the second round today at the Maybank Malaysia International Youth U-19. Although she lost the second game, it did not demotivate her, instead, she fought till the last point prevailing, 21/9, 12/21, 21/19 in a match that lasted for 46 minutes.

I was a bit nervous knowing that I will be playing against the third seed but I also knew that I have nothing to lose and I wanted to go all out against Na Rang. I slowed down in the second set and that caused me to go for a rubber game. Thankfully, I was able to increase my pace and eventually it helped me,” said the delighted Thinaah.

The Selangor born lass who won the Kl Open back in March received a bye in the first round, she overcame Jang Na Rang in the second round and she will be up against Chasinee Korepap of Thailand tomorrow to book a place in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, there was yet another good news after mixed doubles youngsters, Wong Wai Jun/ Eng Pui Yee outsted top seed, Ramadiansyah Andika/ Marsheilla Gischa Islami with a convincing win, 21/19, 14/21, 21/14. They will face Lu Chen/ Lin Hsiang Ti of Chinese Taipei tomorrow.

In the mens’ singles, eyes will be on R. Satheistharan who is the second ranked player among the juniors and he is also seeded 4th in this tournament. Sathies did not encounter any struggles in the first two rounds winning his matches in straight games. Perak Open champion, Lee Zii Jia and National U-18 boys’ singles champion, Yeoh Seng Zoe will also be in action to make it to the quarter-finals.