June Wei takes over national No. 3 spot from Joo Ven

PETALING JAYA: Singles shuttler Cheam June Wei (pic) is now the national No. 3 thanks to last week’s quarter-final appearance at the Spain Masters.

The 24-year-old dislodged independent shuttler Soong Joo Ven after climbing eight spots to No. 67 in the latest world ranking released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) yesterday.

In Huelva, June Wei failed to advance after losing to top seed Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia.

Joo Ven, who skipped the tournament, dropped two rungs to No. 72.

All-England champion Lee Zii Jia’s remains the top ranked Malaysian men’s singles at No. 8 followed by Liew Daren (34).

Meanwhile, Ng Tze Yong was the other big mover as he cracked the top 100 for the first time.

The 20-year-old rose 19 spots to No. 89 after reaching the last 16 last week.

It was a decent progress made by the rising star after his Polish Open victory in March catapulted him from 136 to 106.

Tze Yong is now within striking distance from his top 60 target which he set after winning the internal BAM Invitational Championships last year.

Former Asian Junior champion Leong Jun Hao can count his blessings for being promoted to the main draw of the Spain Masters’ reserve list.Despite exiting in the first round, Jun Hao moved up from 135 to 120.

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