KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's challenge came to a grinding halt in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok with the defeats of Soong Joo Ven and Darren Isaac Devadass-Ong Yew Sing on Friday.
The 18-year-old Joo Ven ran out of steam, losing 21-11, 13-21, 10-21 to Taiwanese Wang Tzu-wei in the boys' singles quarter-final match which lasted 49 minutes.
Joo Ven was disappointed that he could not bid farewell to his final junior tournament with a flourishing end.
“I started well in the opening game but my attacking game went off course and I could not get the results I wanted,” he lamented.
“I am very upset with my defeat today because I really had a good chance against my opponent. I apologise for letting everyone down – especially my parents and friends, who have been very supportive.
“Now, I will turn my attention to the senior squad. It will be tougher, but I am ready to go the extra mile to become better,” he added.