Jin Wei huffs and puffs into second round at Asian juniors


PETALING JAYA: Teenage shuttler Goh Jin Wei had another busy day at the Asian Junior Championships.

The 15-year-old featured in the mixed doubles and girls’ singles events of the individual competition at the CPB Badminton Training Centre in Bangkok on Wednesday – and passed her tests with flying colours.

She partnered Tan Jinn Hwa to overcome Indonesia’s Habibi Zulfauzi-Syifa Fauziah 21-16, 21-16 and set up a second-round clash against Alvin Morada-Alyssa Ysabel Leonardo of the Philippines.

The petite Jin Wei returned to the court a few hours later and sent fourth-seeded Ruselli Hartawan of Indonesia packing at 21-14, 22-20.

It was an impressive performance by the SEA Games bronze medallist, who trailed 5-11 and 15-20 in the second game before stepping it up to check into the second round, where she will meet Macau’s Chan Kit Lei.

Two other Malaysian girls – Lee Ying Ying and M. Thinaah – also cleared their first-round matches with ease.

The 18-year-old Ying Ying, who made the final of the National GP Finals last year, downed Hong Kong’s Fan Ka Yan 21-9, 21-18 and will meet South Korea’s Kim Ga-eun next.

Thinaah thrashed Mongolia’s Olzvoi Janchiv 21-4, 21-2 in just 11 minutes to set up a second-round date with Sri Lanka’s Thanushi Anuthara Ratnayaka.

Malaysia’s boys – Cheam June Wei, R. Satheishtharan, Lee Zii Jia and Tan Jia Wei – had first-round byes in the singles event.

Earlier, defending champions China stamped their authority by winning the mixed team title for the sixth time after beating South Korea 3-0.

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