Malaysia's mixed doubles pair Tan Jinn Hwa-Goh Yea Ching (left) shout in delight after beating Japan's Kenya Mitsuhashi and Chiharu Shida at the World Junior Championships in Alor Setar on Tuesday. - CHAN BOON KAI/ The Star
ALOR SETAR: Mixed doubles pair Tan Jinn Hwa-Goh Yea Ching have kept their good run at the World Junior Championships alive with another gritty win.
The duo, who only started playing together at the Asian Junior Championships in February and did not train as a pair for this tournament, have made it to the quarter-finals.
Jinn Hwa-Yea Ching battled hard for their place in the final eight after they overcame the resurgent Viriyabgkura Tanupat-Pacharapun Chochuwong of Thailand 21-18, 20-22, 21-19 in 56 minutes on Tuesday.
“It’s funny, but we do think alike. There’s a different level of understanding and we know what each other wants to do or how we’re going to play. And I think that has really helped us on court these two weeks,” said Yea Ching.
However, the win might have come at a cost with Jinn Hwa suffering from cramps right after the match.
The 17-year-old had been pushed to the limit having played two matches during the third round earlier in the day with both going to the wire. His mixed doubles match with Yea Ching lasted 45 minutes while his boys’ doubles, with partner Goh Sze Fei, stretched to three games lasting 46 minutes. Sze Fei-Jinn Hwa lost to Indonesian pair Muhammad Rian Adrianto-Clinton Hendrik Kudasama 23-21, 12-21, 19-21.
“He played very long matches today without much of a break in between. Hopefully he’ll be okay for tomorrow (today),” added Yea Ching.
The duo will face joint ninth seed Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino of Japan next.
In the boys’ singles, top seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia was made to earn his spot in the final eight as he fought back from a game down to beat Singapore’s Bernard Ong Soon Yang 21-23, 21-9, 21-9.
Joint fifth seed Cheam June Wei also checked himself into the quarter-finals after beating Thai Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-13, 21-18. Joining him was R. Satheishtharan who had little trouble beating Japan’s Hashiru Shimano 21-16, 21-14 in 39 minutes.
June Wei will face China’s joint third seed Zhou Jun Peng next, while Satheishtharan is set to square off against another Chinese, second seed Shi Yuqi.
In the girls’ singles competition, top seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan was stretched to three games before eventually overcoming unseeded Indonesian Ruselli Hartawan 21-12, 19-21, 21-13 to advance to the last-eight.
However, Malaysian interest in the event ended when Lee Ying Ying went down to second seed Busanan Ongbumrungpan 8-21, 18-21.
Youngster Goh Jin Wei, who easily beat German Yvonne Li 21-10, 21-7 earlier in the day, also did not have it easy against third seed Aya Ohori of Japan. The 14-year-old, who was determined to face a top seeded player in the tournament, lost her match 13-21, 11-21 in 29 minutes.