PETALING JAYA: It was only a one-year-old partnership but Lim Khim Wah-Ng Hui Lin saved Malaysia the blushes when they powered their way to the mixed doubles final in the KLRC-BWF World Junior Championships at Auckland yesterday.
Second seeds Khim Wah-Hui Lin are the only pair left standing after their superb 21-16, 21-8 win over Indonesians Afiat Yuris Wirawan-Debby Santoso in the semi-finals.
Today, they take on Englands Chris Adcock-Gabrielle White, who made heads turn with an impressive 22-20, 21-16 win over fancied South Koreans Shin Bael-cheok-Yoo Hyun-hyung in another semi-final.
Malaysias previous mixed doubles junior champions were Chan Chong Ming-Joanne Quay in 1998.
There were however, disappointments for Malaysia in three other doubles semi-final matches.
Boys doubles pairs Khim Wah-Mak Hee Chun and Ong Jien Guo-Goh Wei Shem both went down tamely in straight games yesterday.
Second seeded Khim Wah-Hee Chun, who was tipped to match the title-winning feat of Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How in 2004, failed to live up to their billing when they crashed out 13-21, 13-21 to South Koreans Chung Eui-seok-Shim Baek-cheol.
Jien Guo-Wei Shen fell 12-21, 16-21 defeat to Li Tian-Chai Biao of China.
In the girls doubles, the gallant run of Hui Lin-Goh Liu Ying ended when they bowed out 11-21, 12-21 Yoo Hyun-young-Jung Kyung-eun of South Korea.
Although frustrated with the boys doubles yesterday, Malaysian coach Jeremy Gan was relieved that at least one pair made it to the final.
I expected Khim Wah-Hui Lin to reach the final and I am happy that they lived up to my expectations, said Jeremy in a telephone interview from Auckland yesterday.
Hui Lin was out of the picture last year because of a knee injury. I teamed her up with Khim Wah this year and they have been showing great progress. They have a good chance but I hope they will not underestimate the English pair, who have beaten a Korean and a Chinese pair en route to the final.
Jeremy said that Khim Wah-Hee Chun and Jien Guo-Wei Shem made a lot of mistakes.
They put too much pressure on themselves that they just did not play their game.
Meanwhile, the boys singles final will be between current Asian junior champion Chen Long of China and former Asian junior winner Kenichi Tago of Japan.
Boys singles: Kenichi Tago (Jpn) bt Lu Chi-yuan (Tpe) 21-14, 21-16; Chen Long (Chn) bt Gao Huan (Chn) 17-15, rtd
Boys doubles: Li Tian-Chai Biao (Chn) bt Ong Jien Guo-Goh Wei Shem (Mas) 21-12, 21-16; Chung Eui-seok-Shin Baek-cheol (Kor) bt Lim Khim Wah-Mak Hee Chun (Mas) 21-13, 21-13.
Girls singles: Wang Lin (Chn) bt Gu Juan (Sin) 21-14, 21-14; Bae Youn-joo (Kor) bt Liu Xin (Chn) 21-13, 16-21, 21-16
Girls doubles: Xie Jing-Zhong Qianxin (Chn) bt Tien Ching-yung-Chiang Kai-hsin (Tpe) 19-21, 21-14, 21-4; Yoo Hyun-young-Jung Kyung-eun (Kor) bt Ng Hui Lin-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 21-11, 21-12;
Mixed doubles: Chris Adcock-Gabrielle White (Eng) bt Shin Bael-cheok-Yoo Hyun-hyung (Kor) 22-20, 21-16; Lim Khim Wah-Ng Hui-Lin (Mas) bt Afiat Yuris Wirawan-Debby Susanto (Ina) 21-16, 21-8.