KUNSHAN: All signs point to youngster Goh Jin Wei leading Malaysia to the next Uber Cup in 2018.
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost is optimistic the reigning world junior champion will be Malaysia’s No. 1 in two years’ time.
“Jin Wei has the potential to make the world’s top 10. Believe me, she will get there,” said Frost.
“As she’s only 16, she will compete in junior as well as senior tournaments. At the same time, there is a need to improve her skills and build her up physically.
“There will be ups and downs. But we will be there to help her,” said Frost.
In her first Uber Cup Finals appearance in Kunshan, China, Jin Wei was Malaysia’s most impressive singles player. Malaysia beat Spain 3-2, but lost 3-2 to Denmark and 5-0 to China in Group A.
In the opening match against China, Jin Wei was beaten 16-21, 14-21 in the second singles by Wang Yihan of China.
Jin Wei then clinched a point for Malaysia by beating Denmark’s Mette Poulsen 21-18, 21-13 in the second singles.
In the last group clash with Spain, Jin Wei was elevated to first singles in place of Tee Jing Yi. She took the fight to world No. 1 Carolina Marin before losing 18-21, 22-20, 16-21 in 77 minutes.
Ranked No. 61 in the world, Jin Wei has a good chance to improve her ranking when she takes part in the Australian Open in Sydney from June 7-12.
The tournament is part of the world Superseries circuit and Jin Wei is playing in the main draw for the first time in her career.
It will be a good test for Jin Wei as she is in the bottom half of the draw with India’s Saina Nehwal and Thailand’s second seed Ratchanok Intanon.
“It’s going to be a good experience for Jin Wei playing against these top 10 players. She will also be going for the Asian Junior Badminton Championships in Bangkok in July. She is certainly a strong contender for the title,” said Frost.