PETALING JAYA: It was a great day for the Malaysian shuttlers as they stayed on the right track for places in the quarter-finals in all five events of the World Junior Championships at the Incheon World Gymnasium in South Korea yesterday.
National schools (MSSM) Under-18 boys' champion Mohd Arif Abdul Latif continued his fine form, winning both his singles and doubles matches.
In the singles, the 17-year-old Arif, who is seeded third-fourth, beat Japanese Ueda Takurna 21-11, 17-21, 21-14 to set up a fourth-round match against South Korean Park Sung-min.
Lim Fang Yang (pic) also made the fourth round. The ninth-16th seeded Malaysian trounced India's Saha Ratikanda 21-11, 21-13 to set up an interesting match against unseeded Chinese Zhou Wenlong.
In the boys' doubles, Arif-Vountus Indra Mawan, who were the runners-up in the Asian championship, defeated Germans Fabian Hammes-Josche Zurwonne 21-10, 21-18. They will face England's Peter Mills-Chris Adcock for a quarter-finals spot.
It was also a breeze for the Malaysian second pair of Lim Khim Wah-Mak Hee Chun, who blew away Pakistan's Murad Ali-Zaran Ghazali 21-13, 21-5 in the second round yesterday.
The real test will begin for Malaysia's second seed Lydia Cheah in the girls' singles today.
The Asian Juniors runner-up did well to beat a gritty Taiwanese Chang Pei-hsing 21-12, 20-22, 21-15 in the third round yesterday to set up a meeting with South Korean Bae Youn-joo.
The lanky Lydia, however, is the only Malaysian girl left in the fray after the exit of Tee Jing Yi and Shalini Sukumaran in third-round matches yesterday.
Malaysia have two girls' pairs and three mixed pairs in the third round. The girls pairs are Ooi Swee Wern-Amelia Anscelly and Woon Khe Wei-Goh Liu Ying. The mixed pairs are Mohd Lufti Zaim Abdul Khalid-Goh Liu Ying, Goh Wei Shern-Saniru Sanatasah and Tan Wee Kiong-Woon Khe Wei.
* Matches involving Malaysians