KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia can still end up without the boys’ singles title in the Asian Junior Championships despite having three shuttlers in the semi-finals.
That is the fear of the national junior squad’s chief coach Sun Chenhua who is hoping that the players would not turn out to be their own worst enemies.
Yesterday, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Mohd Syawal Ismail and Misbun Ramdan Misbun marched into the semi-finals but China’s top junior Tian Houwei could stop them from winning the country’s first boys’ singles title in the championships.
In the semi-finals today, the National Junior Circuit’s Under-18 champion Iskandar will take on Ramdan while Syawal will square off with Houwei.
Chenhua, who hails from China but has been coaching the Malaysian juniors since 1996, hopes his players would keep their emotion in check.
“I have been here for a long time and we have never had four singles players in the quarter-finals and three in the semi-finals. It is indeed a great achievement from the junior boys (of the Bukit Jalil Sports School),” said Chenhua.