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.