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by ashreena pillai
Joyce Choong Wai Chi-Darren Isaac Devadass beat Vietnam’s Vo Bao Thien-Tran Que Anh 21-10, 21-5 in the second round of the Maybank Malaysia International Youth Under-19 badminton championships.
KUALA LUMPUR: She was a losing finalist last year, but Joyce Choong Wai Chi is back with a new partner and a new zeal to try and nick the mixed doubles title at this year’s Maybank Malaysia International Youth Under-19 badminton championships.
The 18-year-old and her partner Darren Isaac Devadass got off to a good start Wednesday when they easily packed off Vietnam’s Vo Bao Thien-Tran Que Anh 21-10, 21-5 in 17 minutes at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara.
The pair will meet Taiwan’s Wu Yuan Chang-Hu Ling Fang in Thursday’s third round.
In the 2012 edition, the unseeded pair of Joyce-Chua Khek Wei reached the final before losing to South Korea’s Choi Sol-kyu-Chae Yoo Jung 18-21, 21-16, 21-12.
“It would be nice to win after coming so close last year. The Koreans are our biggest threat and going up against them will be a tough challenge,” said Joyce.
This time however, Joyce and Darren are seeded fourth behind reigning champions and world No. 1 juniors Sol-kyu- Yoo-jung of South Korea. Another Korean pair Kim Jung-ho-Kim Ji-won and Joyce-Darren’s former partners Khek Wei-Yap Cheng Wen are seeded second and third respectively.
Since being paired this year, Joyce and Darren have reached the quarter-finals of the German Open and Dutch Junior International both in March before landing their first title at the Kedah Open in May.
However, they were knocked out in the second round of the 100PLUS Badminton Asia Youth Under-19 Championships 2013 and the Smiling Fish Thailand International Series.
“We’ve got a good partnership going. We combine really well and it’ll be nice to land another title to add to our Kedah Open title,” said Darren.
Meanwhile, in the boys’ singles, Malaysia’s top two seeds Soo Teck Zhi and Soong Joo Ven cruised into the second round.
Teck Zhi easily disposed of Thailand’s Thanadol Jumpanoi 21-8, 21-12 in 21 minutes to set up a second round clash with South Korea’s Lee Jun-su.
Second seed Joo Ven also advanced after downing Taiwan’s Lo Chi Yu 21-19, 21-16. He squares off against Putu Roy Wira Dharma I in the second round on Thursday.
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