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by rajes paul
Malaysia's Soong Joo Ven made it to his first-ever quarter-finals at the World Junior Championships in Bangkok on Thursday after beating Holland's Mark Caljouw 21-18, 21-17 in the boys’ singles fourth round. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Soong Joo Ven and Darren Isaac Devadass-Ong Yew Sin were the only Malaysians jumping for joy in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok following breakthrough performances.
The others – including reigning Asian junior boys’ singles champion Soo Teck Zhi and 13-year-old girls’ singles sensation Goh Jin Wei – bit the dust.
On Thursday, Joo Ven qualified for his first ever quarter-final appearance in his last world junior meet after recovering from a sluggish start to beat Holland’s Mark Caljouw 21-18, 21-17 in the boys’ singles fourth round. He had earlier disposed off Germany’s Wax Weisskirchen 21-10, 21-11 in the third round.
On Friday, the 18-year-old Joo Ven will take on Taiwan’s Wang Tzu-wei, who dumped Asian junior championships runner-up Jeon Hyun-jin of South Korea.
It was a sad end to top seed Teck Zhi’s junior career when he buckled under pressure and was sent packing 12-21, 15-21 by Taiwan’s Yang Sheng-jie in just 25 minutes.
It was also the end of the road for Lim Chi Wing, who bowed out 11-21, 10-21 to China’s Zhao Jun-phao in the fourth round.
Darren-Yew Sin exacted sweet revenge on reigning Asian junior champions Kim Jae-hwan-Kim Jung-ho of South Korea by winning 21-17, 18-21, 21-19 in the boys’ doubles third round.
On Friday, they will take on Tien Tzu-chieh-Wang Chi-lin of Taiwan for a place in the semi-finals.
“We lost to the Koreans in the Asian junior meet final (in Kuala Lumpur in July). So, it’s fantastic to beat them here,” said Darren
“We have reached the quarter-finals for the first time in the world junior meet ... we don’t intend to stop here.”
It was a painful end for Jin Wei, who pulled out with a hamstring injury. She gave a rousing performance before going down to joint fifth-eighth seed Kim Na-young of South Korea 21-17, 19-21, 2-5.
“Jin Wei wanted to play on but the coaches advised her to stop. She really showed great fighting spirit,” said team manager Tan Kim Her.
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