Yogjakarta: Apart from a scare in the first match, where Malaysia’s Man Wei Chong/Pearly Koong Le Tan were in control, and put Malaysia ahead with 1-0 when they defeated Fan Qiuyue/Li Wenmei of China 21-12, 9-21, 21-17 in the mixed doubles, young shuttlers from China kept composed and put on a good show to defeat Malaysia 3-1 and to lift their 12th BWF World Junior Championships mixed team title on Saturday.
The 2017 Asian Junior Champion Leong Jun Hao of Malaysia made a strong start in the boys’ singles first set, leading at 7-5 before making a series of mistakes to allow Gao Zhengze of China to reel off 8 consecutive points to lead at 14-7 and took the first set 21-14. Leong continued to struggle to find his momentum and rhythm in the second set, losing to Gao 18-21.
Malaysia’s boys’ doubles pair of Chang Yee Jun/Ng Eng Cheong put up fierce resistance in the boys’ doubles, coming back from 11-17 to tie the first set at 19-19, but China’s Fan Qiuyue/Wang Chang corrected the wobble and broke the Malaysian pair 21-19 in the first set.
Chang Yee Jun/Ng Eng Cheong were leading most of the time in second set, but couldn’t withstand Fan Qiuyue/Wang Chang’s late surge to go down 17-21.
Malaysian team were hoping the 2015 World Junior champion and the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games champion Goh Jin Wei could put Malaysia back in contention in the girls’ singles match. Nevertheless, her Chinese opponent Han Yue seemed to have a well-thought out game plan that obviously had a huge impact in the match results. Han Yue was aware that Goh had a weak net return, and she ended a lot of rallies with a swift net kill.
Goh Jin Wei also attempted to attack Han Yue’s back hand baseline, but Han was able to get herself out of trouble with good backhand anticipations and outlasted Goh 21-16, 20-22, 21-8 in 57 minutes.
China eventually cruising to a 3-1 victory over Malaysia at the GOR Among Rogo Arena in Yogjakarta, Indonesia on Saturday.