Markham: In the rematch of last month’s Youth Olympic Games final, Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei who also was gunning for her second World Junior Championships title, staved off No. 1 seed Wang Zhiyi of China 21-9, 21-13 to enter the 2018 World Junior Championship final.
Goh who lost to Wang 19-21, 14-21 in the World Junior Mixed Team event last Wednesday, was in the attacking mode right from the start, forcing Zhang to commit errors and keeping the points on her racquet almost all the time to finish the semi-final match in 38 minutes.
The No 3 seed Goh will face No. 13 seed Line Christophersen of Denmark in the final. Line Christophersen on the other hand, pulled off an upset to beat No. 4 seed Wei Yaxin of China 21-18, 23-21 in 40 minutes.
In the girls’ doubles, third seeds, Pearly Tan Koong Le/Toh Ee Wei also riding the momentum of a red-hot run at the 2018 World Junior Championships into a breakthrough major performance by seeing off No. 2 seeds Febriana Dwipuji Kusuma/Ribka Sugiarto 21-19, 21-19 to advance into the final.
Tan/Toh would need to ready themselves for the tough tests that await them in the final as they will take on No. 1 seeds Liu Xuanxuan/Xia Yuting of China on Sunday.
Even though the reigning Youth Olympic boys singles champion Li Shifeng from China fought hard, but the Chinese player lost to the 2017 World Junior Championships bronze medalist Kodai Naraoka of Japan, 11-21, 21-19, 17-21 to finish the tournament with a bronze medal.
Naraoka is set to face defending champion and No. 1 seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in the final.