All four boys’ and girls’ pairs smash into last 16


WORLD JUNIOR BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPSALOR SETAR

ALL four Malaysian boys’ and girls’ doubles pairs marched into the last 16 with convincing victories yesterday.

The country’s top boys’ pair Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming led the way with a clinical 21-6, 21-11 victory over Macau’s Chi Leong Lam-Meng Fai Lei in just 14 minutes.

They were joined in the third round by Goh Jian Hao-Pang Zheng Lin, who were kept on court for just seven minutes longer in a 21-15, 21-15 win over Japanese Kento Momota-Naoto Otaki.

Yao Han-Kah Ming have now set their sights on toppling top seeds and Asian junior champions Angga Pratama-Rendy Sugiarto in a possible semi-final match-up. The Malaysians can take heart from the fact that a Chinese scratch pair, Guo Junjie-Li Gen, made the Indonesians slog for a 21-13, 26-24 win yesterday.

Said Kah Ming: “We still have two rounds more to negotiate tomorrow but I would be lying if I said that Angga and Rendy are not on our minds. They can be beaten and we have to be at our best.

”We made a good start against the Macau pair today and I hope we are able to keep the momentum going for the rest of the week.”

Yao Han-Kah Ming will take on Sweden’s Simon Bergstrom-Patrik Lundvist this morning and victory will give them a quarter-final match in the evening against either Taiwan’s Chang Kai Liang-Lin Yu Te or India’s Sai Praneet Bhamidipati-Pranav Chopra.

Jian Hao-Zheng Lin face a much tougher third-round hurdle against third-fourth seeds Nipitphon Phuangphuapet-Caballes Tin of Thailand.

In the girls’ doubles, Ng Hui Ern-Lai Pei Jing cruised into the third round with an effortless 21-12, 21-6 victory over Singapore’s Tan Wei Han-Toh Siew Fan. They were joined in the last 16 by Shevon Lai Jamie-Ong Boon Hui, who beat the Austrian-France combination of Alexandra Mathis-Marie Maunoury 21-17, 21-13.

Hi Ern-Pei Jing will play against Indonesians Claudia Ayu Wijaya-Della Destiara today for a place in the quarter-finals while Shevon-Boon Hui will take on Vietnamese Nguyen Ti Sen-Vu Thi Trang.

In the mixed doubles, Malaysia are left with only Yao Han-Pei Jing after the third round matches last night. The duo defeated Russia’s Dmitriy Balandin-Elena Komendrovskaya 21-11, 21-12 and will take on India’s Paranav Chopra-Prajakta Sawant today for a place in the quarter-finals.

It was the end of the road for Kah Ming-Hui Ern (pic), Yew Hong Kheng-Boon Hui and Tan Wee Tat-Shevon.

Kah Ming-Hui Ern failed to sustain the momentum after taking the opening game 21-11 against third-fourth seeds Maneepong Jongjit-Rodjana Chuthabunditkul of Thailand and went on to lose 19-21, 9-21.

Hong Kheng-Boon Hooi fell 16-21, 21-19, 19-21 to Hong Kong’s Lee Cun Hei-Poon Lok Yan while Wee Tat-Shevon was shown the exit by Tatsuya Watanabe-Misato Aratama of Japan, who won the match 21-19, 21-11.

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