KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Cheam June Wei and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei have something significant in common – both were trained by the same coach, Teh Peng Huat in Penang, during their younger days.
While Chong Wei has gone on to make his name on the international stage, Singapore International Under-17 champion June Wei is just waiting in the wings to do the same.
And on Saturday, the 16-year-old showed that he is on the right track when he reached the final of the boys’ singles for the first time in Division Two of the Kuala Lumpur Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras.
He defeated R. Satheishtharan 21-12, 19-21, 21-16 in 50 minutes to make a strong claim for a place in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok from Oct 23-Nov 3.
His compatriot Satheishtharan, also 16, did well to keep pace but the Penangite showed more fire in the belly to book a final date with Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi on Sunday.