PETALING JAYA: Malaysia have ended their Asian Junior Championships campaign in Suzhou, China without a medal to show for the first time since 2014.
This comes after Yap Roy King-Ooi Jhy Dar and Roy King-Gan Jing Err crashed out in the boys and mixed doubles quarter-final matches yesterday.
Roy King-Jing Err gave Indonesian top seeds Leo Rolly Carnando-Indah Cahya Sari Jamil a run for their money before going down 11-21, 21-19, 13-21.
With barely just two hours of rest, Roy King returned to court with Jhy Dar but their challenge ended in just 23 minutes after losing 9-21, 13-21 to world No. 1 junior pair Di Zijian-Wang Chang of China.
Roy King could not hide his disappointment after failing in his bid to make at least one of the semi-finals to assure a bronze.
“I’m upset but I’ve given my best,” said Roy King. “I’ve gained valuable experience. I’ll train harder to perform better at the world juniors meet (in Russia from Oct 7-13).”
On the tame defeat to the Chinese reigning world junior champions, Roy King admitted Zijian-Wang Chang were in a class of their own.
“We’ve got some catching up to do in the boys’ doubles. We still lack speed and power,” said Roy King.
“But Jhy Dar and I are improving. I’m quite satisfied with our performance and I’m sure we’ll come good eventually.”
There’s certainly plenty of work ahead for the recently-appointed Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) development committee chairman Datuk Ng Chin Chai and head coach Kwan Yoke Meng if Malaysia are to bounce back strongly at the world junior championships.
Earlier, Malaysia failed to reach the mixed team quarter-finals for the first time since the event was contested in 1997.
Boys’ singles: Kunlavut Vitidsarn (Tha) bt Ko Shing Hei (Hkg) 21-13, 21-14; Li Yunze (Chn) br Ren Chengming (Chn) 21-12, 19-21, 21-19; Liu Liang (Chn) bt Chiang Chien-wei (Tpe) 21-14, 21-19; Yang Su-li (Tpe) bt Park Hyeon-seung (Kor) 21-14, 14-21, 21-14.
Boys’ doubles: Di Zijian-Wang Chang (Chn) bt Ooi Jhy Dar-Yap Roy King (Mas) 21-9, 21-13; Howin Wong Jia Hao-Aaron Yong Chuan Shen (Sin) bt Ishaan Bhatnagar-Vishnu Vardhan Goud Panjala (Ind) 21-14, 21-19; Dai Enyi-Feng Yanzhe (Chn) bt Chen Zhi-ray-Cheng Kai-wen (Tpe) 21-8, 16-21, 21-13; Leo Rolly Carnando-Daniel Marthin (Ina) bt Dong Ju-ki-Kim Joon-young (Kor) 18-21, 21-18, 21-16.
Girls’ singles: Tan Ning (Chn) bt Kim Ga-lam (Kor) 21-17, 21-12; Han Qianxi (Chn) bt Wu Luoyu (Chn) 21-14, 21-19; Benyapa Aimsaard (Tha) Putri Kusuma Wardani (Ina) 21-16, 21-14; Zhou Meng (Chn) bt Dai Wang (Chn) 21-18, 21-14.
Girls’ doubles: Chen Yingxue-Zhou Xinru (Chn) bt Ji Young-bin-Lee Eun-ji (Kor) 21-19, 21-17; Lin Fangling-Zhou Xinru (Chn) bt Kim Ga-lam-Kim So-jung (Kor) 21-14, 21-12; Guo Lizhi-Keng Shuliang (Chn) bt Yang Jiayi-Zhang Jing Er (Chn) bt 21-11, 17-21, 21-18; Li Yijing-Luo Xumin (Chn) bt Aditi Bhatt-Tanisha Crasto (Ind) 21-7, 21-16.
Mixed doubles: Leo Rolly Carnando-Indah Cahya Sari Jamil (Ina) bt Yap Roy King-Gan Jing Err (Mas) 21-11, 19-21, 21-13; Jiang Zhenbang-Li Yijing (Chn) bt Sirawit Sothon-Pornnicha Suwatnodom (Tha) 21-18, 21-5; Chen Xujun-Zhang Chi (Chn) bt Ko Shing Hei-Yeung Pui Lam (Hkg) 13-21, 21-16, 21-18; Feng Yanzhe-Lin Fanling (Chn) bt Kim Joon-young-Ji Bin-young (Kor) 21-16, 21-17.
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