Selangor's Letshanaa advances into quarter-finals of Junior Circuit Grand Prix


  • Badminton
  • Friday, 05 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: There looks to be no stopping Selangor's K. Letshanaa (pic) after she charged into the quarter-finals of the girls' Under-16 event of the 100PLUS National Junior Circuit Grand Prix Finals in Seremban.

Letshanaa, who is joint third-fourth seed, made it look easy as she swept past Kuala Lumpur's Gooi Xin Yi 21-2, 21-6 in 15 minutes at the Negri Sembilan Chinese Recreation Club Friday (July 5).

Letshanaa will meet Lee Xin Jie of Penang in the last eight.

Xin Jie was made to go the distance by Kedah's K. Yeshveeni before prevailing 21-15, 13-21, 21-15 in a 51-minute encounter.

"I have found my game again after a recent slump," said Letshanaa.

"My confidence is high. I am playing my normal game again and have got back my rhythm. The best is yet to come from me and I am confident I can go all the way."

Sabah's Arena Satu Samin,

the defending Grand Prix champion, also shut out Tan Shen Thing of Penang 21-12, 21-9 in 18 minutes.

For a place in the final four, Arena will face second seed Joanne Ng May Yin from Malacca who stopped Sik Xiao Hui of Selangor 21-13, 21-14.

Penang's top seed Tan Zhang Yi outplayed Perak's Chew Jia Hui 21-18, 21-12 to advance.

However, Zhang Yi is far from happy with her performance. "I have to be patient with my game. I made a lot of mistakes with many of my shots going out. I need to buck up and stay focused in my game," said Zhang Yi.

She will face Selangor's Siti Nurshuhaini Azman who was a 21-9, 18-21, 21-13 winner over Sabah's Goh Shuen Tong.

Johor's Oh Jia Qi, also earned a 21-10, 21-15 win over Selangor's Lim Qi Ling to advance to the last eight where she will meet Khor Jin Weng from Penang.

Meanwhile, in the boys' Under-16 event, top seed Muhd Fazriq Razif of Kuala Lumpur stayed on course with a straight games 21-17, 21-17 win over A. Thanesh Devar of Malacca.

Fazriq, who won the World Badminton Under-15 Invitational in Japan last week will play Selangor's Haris Sufian Rushdan next.

Haris defeated Kelantan's Goo Vie Kieat 21-15, 21-11 in 31 minutes.

"It is not going to be easy from now on. I still feel fatigued from the trip to Japan but I am still hope to win the title," said Fazriq.

RESULTS 

(Players are from Badminton Association of Malaysia unless stated)

Second Round

Boys

Under-16: Muhd Fazriq Razif bt A. Thaanesh Devar (Mel) 21-17, 21-17; Mohd Haris Sufian Rushdan (Sel) bt Goo Vie Kieat (Kel) 21-15, 21-11; Chua Kim Sheng (Sel) bt Muhd Ariffin Nazri Zakaria (Joh) 21-16, 21-19; Anson Cheong bt Chua Jin Yang (Sel) 16-21, 23-21, 21-13; Justin Hoh bt Ong Sheng Khai (Kul) 21-10, 21-11; V. Poopathi bt Ng Yaw Pin (Mel) 21-14, 21-13; Hooi Shao Herng (Kul) bt Ong Zhen Yi 21-16, 21-15; 

Under-14: Ewe Eogene bt Jun Ket Muhd Arif (Sab) 21-8, 21-7; Azuan Amirul Imran (Joh) bt Jasni Muhd Al-Imran (Per) 21-16, 23-21; Muhd Faiq Haziq Masawi bt Tan Kean Wei (Pen) 21-11, 21-14; Chew Chen Hong bt Koh Kai Sheng (Joh) 21-15, 13-21, 21-13; Bryan Jeremy Goonting bt Shayne Ong (Pen) 21-10, 21-15; Ng Jhi Hao (Prk) bt Goh Shao Tang (Joh) 21-17, 21-14; Low Han Chen bt Leong Hou Xuan (Prk) 21-15, 21-18; Ferdinan Ramno bt Kaiser Tan (Kul) 21-11, 21-17.

Girls

Under-16: Tan Zhing Yi bt Chew Jia Hui (Prk) 21-18, 21-12; Azman Siti Nursuhaini (Sel) bt Goh Shuen Tong (Sab) 21-9, 18-21, 21-13; K. Letshanaa (Sel) bt Goo Xin Yi (Kul) 21-2, 21-6; Lee Xin Jie bt K. Yeshveenii (Ked) 21-15, 13-21, 21-15; Khor Jing Wen bt Tan Yan Yi (Mel) 21-13, 21-8; Oh Jia Qi bt Lim Qi Ling (Sel) 21-10, 21-15; Arena Satu Samin (Sab) bt Tan Shen Thing 21-12, 21-9; Joanne Ng May Yin bt Sik Xiao Hui (Sel) 21-13, 21-14.

Under-14: Chan Wen Tse bt Kabilan Sharanya (Sel) 21-12, 21-12; Carmen Ting Wei Wern bt Nicole Yeo Feng Yue (Phg) 21-14, 21-13; Ong Xin Yee bt Nicole Quah 21-13, 21-9; Siti Zulaikha Mohd Azmi Tan bt Hayley Sim (Sel) 21-13, 21-15; Sarah Ngu Xian Meow bt Clarissa San Yee Wen 21-16, 21-12; Chew Tze Teng (Nse) bt Casey Rynn Rompog (Sab) 21-14, 21-16; Chong Jie Yu bt Selina Loh Hor Yan 21-18, 21-16; Lai Ting Cen bt Applanaidu Sahannaa (Ked) 21-13, 21-14. 

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