PETALING JAYA: Three Malaysian shuttlers, led by 10th seed R. Satheishtharan, have checked into the boys’ singles second round of the World Junior Championships.
The 18-year-old Satheishtharan was hardly troubled in his 21-8, 21-7 win over Zichong Alejandro Zheng Chen of Costa Rica in the first round at Lima, Peru, on Tuesday.
Satheishtharan, who is competing in his last world juniors, is wary of the stronger challenges ahead.
“It wasn’t such a tough match because my opponent wasn’t so strong. It was a good warm-up for me though,” said Satheishtharan, who will meet New Zealand’s Oscar Guo next.
“The draw is pretty decent. I should get to the fourth round, where I’m expected to meet Japan’s Kenya Mitsuhashi. That will be the biggest challenge for me.”
Two others – unseeded Lee Zii Jia and Yeoh Seng Zoe – also made light work of their first-round opponents.
Zii Jia, 17, beat Guatemala’s Christopher Salvador 21-12, 21-13 to set up a second-round clash with ninth seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand.
Seng Zoe, the only non-Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) shuttler in the team, crushed Costa Rica’s Gianpiero Cavalotti 21-6, 21-5 and will face Italy’s Lukas Osele next.
Second seed Cheam June Wei has a first-round bye and will meet Macau’s U Ieong Iek in the second round.
In girls’ singles, M. Thinaah and Lee Ying Ying won their first-round matches easily to join Goh Jin Wei in the second round. Fourth seed Jin Wei, who also had a first-round bye, will open her account against Denmark’s Michelle Skodstrup.
In mixed doubles, sixth seeds Goh Sze Fei-Teoh Mei Xing checked into the third round after breezing past Holland’s Niels Veenstra-Marlies Baan 21-13, 21-12.