KUALA LUMPUR: Singles shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is not prepared to be the third Malaysian to lose to China’s Gao Huan in the World Junior Championships in Pune.
Yesterday, Iskandar won his third and fourth round matches convincingly to set up a quarter-final encounter against the top seeded Gao Huan. Iskandar, seeded fifth-eighth, defeated Indonesian Evert Sukamta 24-22, 21-8 and South Korean Shu Jen-hao 21-11, 21-15.
He is the sole survivor of the Malaysian entries in the boys’ singles following the exits of Goh Soon Huat, Mohd Syawal Mohd Ismail and Kuan Kam Chung.
Soon Huat was Gao Huan’s first victim, going down 19-21, 5-21 in the third round. In the next round, the Chinese beat Syawal 21-17, 21-23, 14-21.
In the boys’s doubles, top seeds Mak Hee Chun-Teo Kok Siang, who received a first-round bye, won their opening match against Jonas Geigenberger-Andreas Heinz of Germany easily at 21-9, 21-10.
The Asian junior champions were joined in the third round by Chooi Kah Ming-Pang Zheng Lin.
It was the end of the road for Malaysia in the girls’ events.
In the singles, Tee Jing Yee (pic) failed in her bid to exact revenge on Indonesian Lindaweni Fanetri for the defeat in the preceding mixed team championship, going down 8-21, 21-19, 19-21 in the third round.
And the doubles pairs of Vivian Hoo-Sannatasah Saniru and Chong Vee Vian-Lai Pei Jing crashed out in the opening round.
In the mixed doubles, only Mak Hee Chun-Vivian Hoo made it to the quarter-finals after a 21-13, 21-13 win over Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki-Tse Suet Ying of Hong Kong in the fourth round yesterday.
The duo will take on Indonesians Mohd Nur Rofii-Annisa Wahyuni and has a fighting chance to make the semi-finals.