KUALA LUMPUR: It was a great opening day for the Malaysian boys’ singles shuttlers at the World Junior Championships in Pune yesterday.
All the four players making their debut in the championships — Kuan Kam Chung, Goh Soon Huat, Mohd Syawal Mohd Ismail and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin — advanced into the third round.
Unseeded Kam Chung and Soon Huat cleared two matches to set up third-round meetings against Shu Wada of Japan and top seed Gao Huan of China respectively.
Kam Chung did well yesterday to upset ninth-16th seed Kasper Lahikonen of Finland to make the last 32.
Iskandar and Syawal, who had first-round byes, made it to the third round in contrasting ways.
Iskandar, seeded fifth-eighth, breezed through with a 21-13, 21-13 win over Pakistani’s Awais Zahid while Syawal, seeded ninth-16th seed, slogged for a 21-17, 17-21, 21-9 victory over Choi Seong-ii of South Korea.
Both Iskandar and Syawal are expected to reach the fourth round without much problems in matches against Indonesians Evert Sukamta and Ari Trisnanto respectively.
In the girls’ singles, Tee Jing Yee made up for her poor performances in the mixed team event by scalping a seeded player to reach the third round.
She defeated ninth-16th seed Sapsiree Taerratanachai of Thailand 24-22, 12-21, 21-19 to set up a match against Lindaweni Fanetri of Indonesia. Jing Yee gets the chance to avenge her defeat by Lindaweni in the quarter-final tie of the mixed team event in which Malaysia defeated Indonesia 3-2.
Malaysia’s hopefuls in the mixed doubles Mak Hee Chun-Vivian Hoo checked into the third round with a convincing 21-12, 21-9 win over Canadians Peter Butler-Michelle Li. The other Malaysian pairs — Pang Zheng Lin-Chong Vee Vian, Chooi Kah Ming-Lai Pei Jing and Teo Kok Siang-Sannatasah Saniru also made it to the third round.
Today, Hee Chun and Vivian will get into action in the boys’ and girls’ doubles events with Teo Kok Siang and Sannatasah Saniru respectively. Both pairs received first-round byes yesterday.