DOUBLES player Ow Yao Han has got his chance to settle a score after qualifying for the world juniors boys’ doubles semi-finals with partner Chooi Kah Ming last night.
Yao Han-Kah Ming defeated Taiwan’s Chang Kai-liang-Lin Yu-te 21-17, 22-20 to book a last four date against Indonesian top seeds Angga Pratama-Rendy Sugiarto.
The Indons had dashed Malaysia’s hopes of securing an Asian junior boys’ doubles title in July. Then, Yao Han-Yew Hong Kheng had been the top seeds, but they went down in straight games to the Indons in the final in Kuala Lumpur.
“After the setback against Angga and Rendy in the Asian juniors final, I want to turn the tables on them this time around,” said Yao Han.
“They will start as favourites, but we have a chance to cause an upset. I am more comfortable partnering Kah Ming than Hong Kheng and I believe that we can get it right in the semi-finals.”
Angga-Rendy booked their place in the semi-finals with a 21-15, 21-14 victory over Japan’s Hoshino Shohei-Akira Kobayashi.
Malaysian junior doubles coach Yap Kim Hock is hoping that the Indonesian pair will be fatigued as Angga will also be involved in a tough mixed doubles semi-final fixture earlier this evening.
Angga and Destiara Della will take on the top seeds Lu Kai-Bao Yixin of China in the opening match of the semi-finals schedule.
“Our boys will be fresh while Angga still has to do double duty in the mixed doubles. But the Indonesians will still start as favourites.”
The other boys’ doubles semi-final is between Thailand’s Caballes Tin-Nipitph Phuangphuangpet and Indonesia’s Berry Angriawan-Muhammad Ulinnuha, who upset second seeds Liu Peixuan-Lu Kai of China 21-17, 15-21, 21-13.
Yao Han-Kah Ming are the last Malaysian pair left in the doubles events.
The second boys’ doubles pair of Goh Jian Hao-Pang Zheng Lin were ousted in the fourth round after losing 20-22, 21-13, 18-21 to Caballes-Nipitph.
The national squad’s interest in the girls’ doubles and mixed doubles events also came to an end yesterday.
Ng Hui Ern-Lai Pei Jing took the fight to Rodjana Chuthabunditkul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand in the quarter-finals. But the Malaysians’ error-strewn performance contributed to their 22-24, 22-20, 14-21 downfall.
Earlier in the fourth round, Shevon Lai Jamie-Ong Boon Hui were no match for Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Sen-Vu Thi Trang – losing 15-21, 10-21 in just 25 minutes.
In the mixed doubles, Yao Han-Pei Jing did well to force the quarter-final clash against top seeds Lu Kai-Yixin to three games before losing 21-11, 17-21, 21-8.
* Matches involving Malaysians only
Boys’ singles: Zulfadli Zulkifli lost to Tian Houwei (Chn) 21-19, 21-17; Mohd Misbun Ramdan bt Nikolaj Persson (Ger) 21-18, 28-26; Iskandar Zulkarnain bt Pisit Poodchalat (Tha) 18-21, 21-15, 21-17.
Girls’ singles: Sonia Cheah lost to Chen Xiaojia (Chn) 17-21, 19-21; Tee Jing Yi bt Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) 21-9, 21-10.
Boys’ doubles: Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming bt Simon Bergstrom-Patrik Lundvist (Swe) 21-17, 21-12; Goh Jian Hao-Pang Zheng Lin lost to Caballes Tin-Nipitphon Phuangphuangpet (Tha) 20-22, 21-13, 18-21.
Girls’ doubles: Ng Hui Ern-Lai Pei Jing bt Ayu Wijaya-Destiara Della (Ina) 22-20, 22-20; Shevon Lai Jamie-Ong Boon Hui lost to Nguyen Thi Sen-Vu Thi Tran (Vie) 15-21, 10-21.
Mixed doubles: Ow Yao Han-Lai Pei Jing bt Pranav Chopra-Prajakta Sawant (Ind) 21-13, 21-13.
Boys’ singles: Tian Houwei (Chn) bt Mohd Misbun Ramdan (Mas) 21-13, 21-11; Tatsuya Watanabe (Jpn) bt Yang Chih-hsun (Tpe) 21-14, 21-19; Hsu Jen-hao (Tpe) bt Emil Holst (Den) 21-19, 21-13; Iskandar Zulkarnain (Mas) bt Li Yisheng (Chn) 19-21, 25-23, 21-8.
Girls’ singles: Chen Xiaojia (Chn) vs Qoryatin Siti Anida (Ina) 21-8, 21-12; Porntip Buranaprasertuk (Tha) bt Minatsu Mitani (Jpn) 21-13, 21-14; Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) bt Anna Rovita (Ina) 21-9, 21-11; Tee Jing Yi (Mas) bt Di Suo (Chn) 21-13, 21-17.
Boys’ doubles: Angga Pratama-Rendy Sugiarto (Ina) bt Hoshino Shohei-Akira Kobayashi (Jpn) 21-15, 21-14; Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming (Mas) bt Chang Kai-liang-Lin Yu-te (Tpe) 21-17, 22-20; Caballes Tin-Nipitphon Phuangphuangpet (Tha) bt Emil Holst-Niclas Nohr (Den) 21-18, 21-12; Berry Anggriawan-Muhammad Ulinnuha (Ina) bt Liu Peixuan-Lu Kai (Chn) 21-17, 15-21, 21-13.
Girls’ doubles: Tang Jinhua-Xia Huan (Chn) bt Shuai Pei-ling-Wu Ti-jung (Tpe) 21-11, 21-7; Rodjana Chuthabunditkul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Lai Pei Jing-Ng Hui Ern (Mas) 24-22, 20-22, 21-14; Poon Lok Yan-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) bt Nguyen Thi Sen-Vu Thi Trang (Vie) 21-15, 21-16; Suci Rizki Andini-Tiara Rosalia (Ina) bt Bao Yixin-Luo Yu (Chn) 21-18, 21-19
Mixed doubles: Lu Kai-Bao Yixin (Chn) bt Ow Yao Han-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) 21-11, 17-21, 21-8; Angga Pratama-Destiara Della (Ina) bt Nipitphon Phuangphuapet-Artima Serithammarak (Tha) 21-15, 21-14; Maneepong Jongjit-Rodjana Chuthabunditkul (Tha) bt Tran Duc Phong-Vu Thi Trang (Vie) 21-16, 21-13; Liu Peixuan-Xia Huan (Chn) bt Yang Chih-hsun-Wu Yun-ting (Tpe) 21-16, 21-16.