Badminton: Malaysia’s challenge ends in world juniors
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s challenge in the World Junior Championships in Santander, Spain ended in disappointing fashion after none of the representatives made it to the quarter-finals.
Malaysia’s best hope was Justin Hoh (pic) in the boys’ singles but the 18-year-old, who had showed so much promise, failed to deliver when he went down 17-21, 19-21 to South Korea’s Kim Byung-jae in the fourth round.
It was a sad end for Justin in his first and last World Junior meet after a good showing in the team event where he delivered the only point for Malaysia against top seeds and defending champions Indonesia after beating Alwi Farhan 21-18, 21-18.
With Justin’s defeat, the ones left in the competition were boys’ doubles pair Choi Jian Sheng-Bryan Jeremy Goonting. The duo fought hard but eventually succumbed 28-26, 17-21, 14-21 to Japan’s Sora Ogaki-Osuke Sakurai.
Japan had played the spoilers for Malaysia when another pair, Koya Iwano-Shunya Ota had ended the hopes of Fazriq Razif-Wong Vin Sean in the second round with a 21-19, 21-14 win.
Earlier, Bryan had also suffered elimination in the mixed doubles with Lee Xin Jie after the duo were upstaged 17-21, 17-21 by China’s Liao Pinyi-Huang Kexin.
Another boys’ singles representative, Eogene Ewe had also seen his run checked by Thailand’s Panitchaphon Teeraratsakul, losing 18-21, 17-21.
The likes of Eogene, Bryan and Jian Sheng though, will get another opportunity to participate in the tournament as they are all still 17.
This is the second consecutive World Junior meet where no Malaysian managed to win a medal after the 2019 edition in Kazan, Russia.
This was also Malaysia’s worst showing in the competition.
Boys’ singles: Kim Byung-jae (Kor) bt Justin Hoh 21-17, 21-19.
Boys’ doubles: Sora Ogaki-Osuke Sakurai (Jpn) bt Choi Jian Sheng-Bryan Jeremy Goonting 26-28, 21-17, 21-14.
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