Thailand's Busanan Ongbumrungpan, who beat Malaysian S. Kisona in the quarter-finals on Friday, was beaten by Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, 16-21, 21-8, 21-14, in the semi-finals of the Asian Junior Championships.
PETALING JAYA: It’s only February and so far it’s not been a good year for the junior shuttlers from South-East Asia.
Not one of them made it to the finals of the team or individual events at the ongoing Asian Junior Championships in Taiwan.
There were three shuttlers from the region in Saturday’s semi-finals, but all of them fell short and lost out to stronger opponents from China, Japan and South Korea.
Singaporean girls’ singles shuttler Liang Xiaoyu was the first casualty when she lost to Chen Yufei of China in straight games, 21-10, 21-14.
Next to fall was Indonesian mixed doubles pair Muhammad Rian Ardianto-Zakia Ulfa. They bowed out 21-17, 15-21, 21-5 to Kim Jung-ho-Kong Hee-yong of South Korea.
Thailand’s Busanan Ongbumrungpan was the last one to bite the dust when she lost to Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, 16-21, 21-8, 21-14 in 54 minutes in the girls’ singles. Busanan had beaten S. Kisona of Malaysia in the quarter-finals on Friday.
It looks like China’s domination of the sport continues as they stormed into all the five finals. They are already guaranteed of at least one title as it is an all-China final in the girls’ doubles event.