KUALA LUMPUR: Teenage badminton star Goh Jin Wei’s stock has gone up another notch.
The 15-year-old nailed her first international title at the Belgian International Challenge in Leuven on Saturday.
Jin Wei dug deep to upstage the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 21-15, 21-18 in a thrilling women’s singles final.
It was the world No. 326 Malaysian’s first win over the world No. 32 player.
In fact, the Asian junior bronze medallist had beaten all higher ranked players to become one of the youngest winners of the tournament.
The final wasn’t as straightforward for Jin Wei, though.
The SEA Games bronze medallist was trailing 4-8 in the opening game before clawing her way back to nick the opener.
It was even tougher in the second game with both of them exchanging leads several times but it was the teenager who pressed home for her first overseas title.
There was, however, no further joy for Malaysia when Joyce Choong Wai Chi-Yap Cheng Wen went down 18-21, 11-21 to Denmark’s Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen in the women’s doubles final.
A day ago, the duo did well to upset third seeds Isabel Herttrich-Birgit Michels of Germany in the semi-finals.
Women’s singles: Goh Jin Wei (Mas) bt Kirsty Gilmour (Sco) 21-15, 21-18.
Women’s doubles: Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen (Den) bt Joyce Choong Wai Chi-Yap Cheng Wen (Mas) 21-18, 21-11.