Iskandar Zulkarnain became only the second Malaysian badminton player to qualify for the World Junior Badminton Championships boys’ singles final after defeating Taiwan’s Hsu Jen-hao 21-17, 7-21, 21-16 in the semi-finals at the Sultan Abdul Halim Indoor Stadium last night.
And Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming made it a double celebration for the hosts after upsetting Asian junior champions and pre-tournament favourites Angga Pratama-Rendy Sugiarto of Indonesia 13-21, 21-15, 21-18 to move into the boys’ doubles final.
Iskandar will now seek to enter the history books today by becoming the first Malaysian world junior badminton singles champion.
The only other Malaysian to have made it to the final was Yeoh Kay Bin in 1998, when he lost to China’s Zhang Yang in the title-deciding match.
Yesterday, Iskandar exacted sweet revenge against the only player to have beaten him in Alor Setar thus far.