KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Cheam June Wei saved Malaysia from the embarrassment of a complete wipeout in the boys’ singles event at the Asian Junior Championships in Bangkok.
The 18-year-old June Wei outclassed Singapore’s Chung Jin Lei 21-7, 21-8 in the third round to stay on track for his first quarter-final appearance in his third Asian junior meet.
He will take on Indonesian Nirwanda Vega Vio in the fourth round today.
His team-mates – R. Satheishtharan, Tan Jia Wei and Lee Zii Jia – fell by the wayside.
Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) project manager Kwan Yoke Meng said that Malaysia would have had a bigger representation in the boys’ singles “if not for their lack of fitness and nervousness”.
Meanwhile, Singapore SEA Games bronze medallists Goh Jin Wei continued her fine form to keep alive her hopes of reaching two quarter-finals – in the girls’ singles and mixed doubles.
The 15-year-old Jin Wei will take on South Korean Byun Soo-in in the third round of the girls’ singles.
In mixed doubles, Jin Wei-Tan Jinn Hwa will meet Taiwan’s Yang Ming-tse-Jhou Shih-jyun next.