Malaysia to face Korea in World Junior Championships semifinals

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Goh Jin Wei is well on course to lead Malaysia into the World Junior Championships mixed team final. (photo: Bernama)

Jakarta: Leong Jun Hao who won the boys’ singles title at the Asian Junior Championships in July, produced a brilliant display to lead Malaysia to a 3-0 victory against India in the World Junior Championships mixed team quarter-finals on Thursday.Ng Eng Cheong/Tan Sueh Jeou got Malaysia off to a good start by defeating Dhruv Kapila/Mithula U. K. 21-18, 21-10 in the mixed doubles match.

Leong Jun Hao then capped a dominant 21-13, 21-15 win over Lakshya Sen of India, who won the Bulgarian Open this year to give Malaysia a 2-0 lead.

Leong told reporter after the tie that he was confident Malaysia would enter the World Junior Championship final in Yogyakarta this Saturday.

“I believe the team is ready to meet anyone. We demonstrated a high spirit against India today,” said Leong.

“Yes, I have a back problem, but I do not think about that during the match. Furthermore, we also have a physiotherapist here to help us deal with injuries, ” added Leong.

The Kuala Lumpur SEA Games gold medalist Goh Jin Wei ensured Malaysia’s victory by defeating Ashmita Chaliha 21-12, 21-12 in the girls’ singles match.

Malaysia, who finished second behind China last year, will meet South Korea in the semi-finals on Friday.

Another semi-final tie will be between China and Japan. China overcame Indonesia 3-1 while Japan hung on to crush Thailand 3-2 in a quarter-final thriller.

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