PETALING JAYA: Goh Jin Wei made it three titles from three finals after she won the Orleans International badminton championships women’s singles title in France.
In a battle between teenagers, the 16-year-old Jin Wei showed great resolve to come from a game down to beat Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani 17, 15-21, 21-10, 21-7 in the final on Sunday.
The reigning world junior champion had on Saturday beat another Indonesian youngster – fourth seed Hana Ramadhini – 21-9, 21-13 in the semi-finals.
It was Jin Wei’s third senior international title, having won the Belgian International and Vietnam International Series last year.
More importantly, Jin Wei, who is ranked a career-high No. 88 in the world, is expected to climb another 10 rungs in the world rankings after this win.
Only No. 35 Tee Jing Yi is ranked higher than Jin Wei among the local women shuttlers in the world now.
“I was a little disappointed when Jin Wei only made the quarter-finals of last week’s Polish Open. But she has shown that on her day she can really play well,” said Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost.
“What’s more important now is getting her to move up the rankings. In hindsight, it was a good decision to send her and several others to compete in European tournaments rather than registering for the Malaysian Open,” added Frost.
Malaysia, however, failed to taste success in the men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles events.
Men’s doubles pair Tan Chee Tean-Tan Wee Gieen, women’s doubles pair Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and mixed pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing all crashed out in the semi-finals.