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Teenage shuttler Jin Wei won’t let success get to her head


KUALA LUMPUR: Many are singing praises over youngster Goh Jin Wei’s first international title at the Belgian International Challenge.

But the 15-year-old shuttler will not let the breakthrough get to her head.

“A lot of people here in Belgium think that I am great despite my young age ... but I think, there are many other youngsters who are way better than me. But this is surely a good and memorable start for me,” she said in a telephone interview on Sunday.

“There are many good young players from Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and China and I need to catch up.”

Jin Wei fought tooth and nail to beat the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 21-15, 21-18 in the women’s singles final in Leuven on Saturday.

Earlier, the world No. 326 beat several higher ranked players before winning the final and the winner’s cheque of US$1,500 (RM6,500).

In the final, she found herself trailing Gilmour on several occasions but managed to fight her way back into the game.

“When I was down, I kept reminding myself to keep on fighting. I wanted a breakthrough badly after losing in the semi-finals of several tournaments this year,” said the Singapore SEA Games bronze medallist.

“I must thank my coaches (Wong Tat Meng and Rony Agustinus) for their guidance and everyone for their support.

“This is the biggest prize money that I have won so far. It will all go to the bank. I have to focus more on my career and studies,” said the Form Three student.

Jin Wei will be out to give another good showing at the Polish International Series in Bierun on Thursday.

“I am all energised for another good run. The win has given me loads of confidence. Every tournament gives me new experience and I hope to be ready for the World Junior Championships (in Peru in November),” she said.

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