MEDAN: Malaysia's Uber Cupper Norsyahliza Baharum saved the blushes for Malaysia when she finally got her act right to win the Asean School Championships girls' crown in her second attempt yesterday.
It was Malaysia's solitary gold in the Asean School meet.
Last year, Malaysia had won all the seven gold medals at stake in Brunei.
Yesterday, the 17-year-old Norsyahliza defeated Indonesian Yuan Kartika 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 in the girls singles final. It was her second consecutive win over the Indon following the victory in the team final on Friday.
It was also a sweet revenge for Norsyahliza as she had finished as the runner-up to teammate Julia Wong last year.
The win also made up for her disappointment and failure to win a gold for Kuala Lumpur at the Malaysian Games (Sukma) in Negri Sembilan last month.
Now, the lanky shuttler will take a break and go for a surgery to recover from a knee injury.
Malaysia's hope for a second title was dashed when Goh Yin Jin-Chong Sook Chin lost 3-15, 11-15 to Indonesian Bona-Mediani in the mixed doubles final.
None made it to the final in the boy's singles, boy's doubles and girl's doubles.
Malaysia's losing semi-finalists were Liew Daren (boy's singles), Ying-Jin-Chang Hun Ping (boy's doubles) and Hun Ping-Chew Mei Lien (mixed doubles).