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Goh Jin Wei sailed through the first round of the World Junior Championships, beating Sarah Barredo of the Philippines in straight sets 21-16, 21-16.
PETALING JAYA: The new face of local juniors Goh Jin Wei got off to a good start at the World Junior Championships individual event which began in Bangkok on Tuesday.
She defeated Sarah Barredo of the Philippines in straight sets 21-16, 21-16 in the first round.
Jin Wei will now face Australia’s Joy Lai in the second round on Wednesday.
The 13-year-old debutant is relishing her chance to make an impact in this year’s world meet.
She made her debut in the mixed team event against the Philippines last week and seemingly had the chance to save Malaysia from defeat in the quarter-final tie but she fell short against Hanna Ramadini of Indonesia losing 14-21, 10-21.
Meanwhile, her compatriots S. Kisona, Lee Ying Ying and Ho Yen Mei also sailed through to the second round of the girls’ singles event.
Kisona and Lee Ying are drawn with top-seeded Aya Ohari (Japan) as well as Lee Min-ji (South Korea), Delphine Lansac (France), Liang Xiaoyu (Singapore), Stefani Stoeva (Bulgaria), Maja Pavlinic (Croatia) and He Bing Jiao (China).
While Jin Wei and Yen Mei are drawn with second seed Busanan Ongbumrungpan (Thailand), Chen Yu Fei (China), Kim Hyo-min (South Korea), Ruthvika Shivani (India), Akane Yamaguchi (Japan), Kim Na-young (South Korea) and Hanna Ramadini (Indonesia).
Team manager Tan Kim Her has high hopes of the young shuttlers doing well but reveals that it’s not the end of the world if they don’t.
“The likes of Jin Wei, Lee Ying and Kisona will still have a chance to shine as they will be back next year. I’m sure that this championship will make them stronger in the end regardless of whether they win,” said Kim Her.
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