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Jin Wei shows great fortitude in Malaysia's win over Spain


Jin Wei could not match the world No. 1 Marin in the Uber Cup tie against Spain in Kunshan. Jin Wei lost 18-21, 22-20, 16-21. - CHAN BOON KAI / The Star

Jin Wei could not match the world No. 1 Marin in the Uber Cup tie against Spain in Kunshan. Jin Wei lost 18-21, 22-20, 16-21. - CHAN BOON KAI / The Star

KUNSHAN (China): Teenager Goh Jin Wei won the hearts of many, but not the match, as Malaysia wrapped up their Uber Cup campaign with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Spain at the Kunshan Sports Centre Gymnasium.

The 16-year-old Jin Wei played as first singles in place of Tee Jing Yi on Wednesday and the reigning world junior champion was not expected to beat world No. 1 Carolina Marin.

But Jin Wei paid scant respect to Marin’s reputation. The Penang-born shuttler gave a good account of her skills and temperament, pushing the reigning world champion all the way before going down 18-21, 22-20, 16-21 in 77 minutes.

In the second game, Jin Wei recovered from 14-17 down in the second to take Marin into rubber game.

With Ho Yen Mei going down 13-21, 9-21 to Beatriz Corrales, Malaysia had to fight their way back to take the next three games.

Soniia Cheah beat Clara Azurmendi 21-14, 21-18 while Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Woon Khe Wei had little trouble dispatching their Spanish counterparts in the doubles.

It was the first win for Malaysia in Group A. Malaysia lost 5-0 to defending champions China on Sunday and 3-2 to Denmark on Tuesday.

Jin Wei felt that she played much better on Wednesday compared to when she beat Denmark’s Mette Poulsen to win the second singles match on Tuesday.

“I’m happy to have given a good fight despite playing her for the first time. I did not think I was playing against the world No. 1 ... I just played my own game.

“I’m disappointed with myself for not winning the rubber game.

“She was under pressure to beat me. I gained good experience today,” said Jin Wei, who is the youngest player in the Uber Cup tournament.

   

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