The opening mixed team match at the Asian Junior Badminton Championships in Thailand. It was Malaysia competed with Taiwan, in which Malaysia perfectly started by whipped Taiwan 4-1.
PETALING JAYA (The Star Online) reported that opening mixed team match, the Playing in Group C, Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei gave Malaysia a surprise start with an easy 21-13, 21-18 win over Liang Hua-chun-Hu Ling-fang in the mixed doubles at the CPB Badminton and Sports Science Training Centre in Bangkok on Saturday.
Boys’ singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia, however, struggled to secure point No. 2. Fortunately, the 18-year-old recovered to beat Lee Chia-hao 15-21, 21-19, 21-16 in the boys’ singles.
Soh Wooi Yik-Ooi Zi Heng then sealed the win by thrashing Lu Ming-che-Yang Chun-hsien 21-8, 21-11 in just 20 minutes in the boys’ doubles.
Reigning girls’ singles world junior champion Goh Jin Wei then made it 4-0 by beating Liang Ting-yu 21-18, 23-21.
Taiwan, however, prevented a complete whitewash by claiming a point in the girls’ doubles when Hu Ling-fang-Lee Chih-chen edged M. Thinaah-S. Kisona 15-21, 21-18, 23-21.
“It was our first match and some of the players were feeling a little nervous. Zii Jia was a bit tensed but recovered his composure midway through the second game,” said Kwan Yoke Meng, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) development manager.
“I am, however, happy with the performance of the team, especially the mixed pair of Tang Jie-Ee Wei. We didn’t expect them to win but they managed to do so to give us a good start.
“The pressure is also off the team now because we are quite assured of a place in the quarter-finals.
“We’ll meet Mongolia and Indonesia on July 10th and hopefully the team do well to top the group.”