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Friday October 25, 2013 MYT 9:31:00 PM
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PETALING JAYA: Reigning Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi suffered a shocking loss to Jonatan Christie in a mixed team quarter-final tie at the World Junior Badminton Championships in Bangkok on Friday.
His unexpected 10-21, 14-21 loss saw Malaysia’s challenge in the team competition come to an end as they eventually went down 3-1 to Indonesia.
The 18-year-old Teck Zhi failed to capitalise on the good start given by mixed doubles pair Ong Yew Sing-Yap Cheng Wen, who notched the first point for Malaysia when they upset Kevin Sanjaya-Masita Mahmudin 10-21, 21-19, 21-19.
After Teck Zhi’s failure, all hopes were on 13-year-old Goh Jin Wei to get Malaysia back on track, but she too lost – 14-21, 10-21 to Hanna Ramadini.
It was then up to men’s doubles Chua Khek Wei-Darren Isaac Devadas to save the tie. But they too cracked under the weight of expectation, going down 17-21, 12-21 to Kevin Sanjaya-Arya Maulana
Malaysia also lost to Indonesia at the same stage in the last year’s meet in Chiba, Japan.
Team manager Tan Kim Her was disappointed with his charges for not capitalising on the good start.
“We had a good start in the mixed doubles as they had no pressure going into the match. However, Jonatan controlled the game with incisive net plays against Teck Zhi,” said Kim Her, who was full of praise for Jin Wei, who is making her debut in the world junior meet.
She can, however, walk with her head held high knowing she had given it her best and gained invaluable experience.
“It was good for Jin Wei to get out there and experience what it’s like to play in these kind of games. It will definitely stand her in good stead. Despite the defeat, you have to give her credit for trying her very best,” said Kim Her.
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