Jin Wei poised to lead team as top shuttler

Jin Wei has potential to be in top 10 in the world. - CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

Jin Wei has potential to be in top 10 in the world. - CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

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.

KUNSHAN (China), 17 Mei -- Pemain perseorangan wanita pertama negara, Goh Jin Wei menunjukkan riaksi kecewa setelah tewas kepada lawannya dari  Sepanyol, Marin Carolina pada kejohanan Piala Uber di Pusat Sukan Kunshan, Rabu. Jin Wei gagal memungut mata untuk Skuad Piala Uber negara dikalahkan dengan mata 18-21, 22-20 dan 16-21.--fotoBERNAMA (2016) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA
Jin Wei reacts during a match against Carolina Marin of Spain at the Uber Cup Finals. It is a great exposure and experience for the youngster. -CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

“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.