PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Chia Wei Jie (pic) has staked a strong claim for a spot in the Asian Junior Championships in Jakarta from July 22-30.
The 17-year-old Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) trainee was at his best as he thumped Penang’s Low Eu Cong 21-14, 21-15 to win the boys’ singles title in the first leg of the Under-18 National Championships in Seremban yesterday.
It was a great follow-up victory for Wei Jie as he also reached the semi-finals of the Under-21 National Championships in Penang last month.
Wei Jie’s win also ensured BJSS a clean sweep of all the five titles. The other winners were Chang Yee Jun-Ng Eng Cheong (boys’ doubles), Eoon Qi Xuan (girls’ singles), Toh Ee Wei-Yap Ling (girls’ doubles) and Eng Cheong-Ee Wei (mixed doubles).
“Wei Jie has shown a lot of improvements, including his match temperament,” said BJSS chief coach Kwan Yoke Meng.
The former international added that the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) would pick the Asian Juniors squad after reviewing the players’ performances for the last few months.
*BJSS unless stated
Boys’ singles: Chia Wei Jie bt Low Eu Cong (Pen) 21- 14, 21-15.
Boys’ doubles: Chang Yee Jun-Ng Eng Cheong bt Choong Hon Jian-Liew Jun Rong (Pen) 21-12, 21-14.
Girls’ singles: Eoon Qi Xuan bt Ng Qi Xuan 21-16, 21-18. Girls’ doubles: Toh Ee Wei-Yap Ling bt Ng Wan WinTan Sueh Jeou 21-19, 21-18.
Mixed doubles: Ng Eng Cheong-Toh Ee Wei bt Chang Yee Jun-Pearly Tan Koong Le 21-9, 21-9.