KUALA LUMPUR: Goh Jin Wei will have to wait a little longer for her first Grand Prix Gold title.
The 16-year-old went down 21-15, 21-13 to top seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in a 42-minute women’s singles final at the Indonesian Masters in Balik Papan.
Jin Wei will get a quick chance to challenge the top players again at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold in Bangkok from Oct 4-9.
World junior champion Jin Wei admitted that her inexperience cost her the title on Sunday.
Busanan, the Singapore SEA Games champion, pulled through with her better control, game plan and powerful shots.
But you can’t fault Jin Wei for determination. While trailing 11-14 in the second game, Jin Wei dived to retrieve a shot, but took a hard fall. Undaunted, she continued to fight on.
“Fortunately, I didn’t injure myself. I will try again until I get it right,” said world No. 50 Jin Wei.
“I lack variety in my game ... I need to improve on my strategy too.”
Coach Rony Agustinus was happy with Jin Wei’s performance in her first GP Gold tournament.
“She did fine, but her Thai opponent was steadier and more experienced. We have entered her for the back-to-back Thailand GP Gold and Taiwan GP. We will assess her condition and see if she’s good to go for both or just one,” he said.
“Jin Wei is a good player, but there are some areas that she needs to improve on if she hopes to make an impact at the senior level.
“I’m happy that her world ranking will improve with her final appearance here.”
Third seeds Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing had to play the bridesmaid’s role for the fourth time this year after losing 21-16, 21-17 to second seeds Ronald Alexander-Melati Daeva Oktavianto in the mixed doubles final.
Said Pei Jing: “We wanted this title badly, but our opponents played well. The defeat is painful, but it will spur us to try harder.”
“We’ve been up against one Indonesian pair after another since the opening game ... they’ve obviously analysed our game.”
The duo had also finished as runners-up at the Malaysian Masters, Polish Open and Taiwan Open. Their only title this year was came at the Vietnam Open.