LAI Pei Jing was sobbing uncontrollably after losing twice in the mixed team final tie against China on Wednesday in which Malaysia were beaten 2-3.
And she wants to hit back with a vengeance and get the better of Chinese players in at least one of her two individual events.
Yesterday, the 18-year-old Pei Jing made it to the third round in both the girls’ doubles and mixed doubles events.
The fifth-eighth seeded Pei Jing-Shevon Lai Jemie are tipped to beat Taiwan’s Lee Fang-yu-Wu Yu-lun in the girls’ doubles third round today to get into the quarter-finals for a probable match against second seeds Ou Dongni-Bao Yixin of China.
Quarter-final matches will also be played today from 6pm.
In the mixed doubles, the Pahang-born Pei Jing forms the top seeded pair with Ow Yao Han and they will take on unseeded Chen Zhuofu-Ou Dongni of China in the third round.
She said that she was determined to make up for her bitter disappointment in the team event.
“This is my last shot to win honours in the Asian Juniors,” said Pei Jing, who joined the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) in Form One.
“It was so disappointing in the mixed team final that day as I could not help Malaysia retain the title. The Chinese are the main stumbling blocks again in the individual competitions.
“Hopefully, I can reach the semi-finals in one of the events. It will be tougher in the mixed doubles. Our Chinese opponents are unseeded but they can be dangerous.”
For the record, Malaysia last won the mixed doubles title through Tan Wee Kiong-Woon Khe Wei in 2008. But no Malaysian pair have made the winners’ rostrum for the girls’ doubles.
* Matches involving Malaysians
■ BOYS’ SINGLES
Second round: Loh Wei Sheng bt Jamil Sobhan (Pak) 21-6, 21-8; Goh Giap Chin bt Koh Jia Yi (Sin) 21-13, 21-13; Tew Gee Chong bt Kuruppuge Don Omal Vishwanath Dharmawardena (Sri) 21-11, 21-18; Lim Yu Sheng bt Hung Chia-chun (Tpe) 21-14, 21-19; Mohd Azriyn Nur Ayub bt Chea Senvisoth (Cam) 21-3, 21-2; Zulfadli Zulkifli bt Kang Ji-wook (Kor) 21-17, 13-21, 21-12.
Third round: Loh Wei Sheng bt Rhustavito Shehar Hiren (Ina) 27-25, 21-17; Goh Giap Chin bt Lee Chun Wei (Hkg) 17-21, 21-10, 21-18; B. Sai Praneet (Ind) bt Tew Gee Chong 17-21, 21-11, 21-15; Lim Yu Sheng bt Huang Chao (Sin) 12-21, 21-15, 23-21; Mohd Azriyn Nur Ayub bt Hermanshah 21-12, 21-19; Zulfadli Zulkifli bt Lee Hong-je (Kor) 21-6, 21-18.
■ BOYS’ DOUBLES
Second round: Ow Yao Han-Yew Hong Kheng bt Ahzam Mohamed-Shiyam Rishwan (Mdv) 21-4, 21-1; Lim Chun Ming-Low Juan Shen bt Horiuchi Kento-Hasegawa Tatsuya (Jpn) 21-16, 21-14; Teo Ee Yi-Nelson Heg Wei Keat bt Tan Kah Zhan-Tan Wee Tat 21-17, 21-12.
■ GIRLS’ SINGLES
Second round: Lim Yin Fun bt Yuen Sin Yin (Hkg) 21-15, 21-19; Sonia Cheah Su Ya bt Pham Nhu Thao (Vie) 21-8, 21-2; Yang Li Lian bt Baatar Khulangoo (Mgl) 21-6, 21-5; Ng Sin Er bt Filipchuk Ilyana (Kaz) 21-6, 21-5; Vu Thi Trang (Vie) bt Nurhani Abdul Aziz 14-21, 21-16, 21-7.
Third round: Matsutomo Misaki (Jpn) bt Yin Fun 21-11, 21-16; Chiang Mei-hui (Tpe) bt Li Lian 21-10, 21-16; Sonia Cheah bt Kang Ga-hee (Kor) 21-13, 21-13; Vu Thi Trang (Vie) bt Sin Er 21-7, 21-13.
■ GIRLS’ DOUBLES
Second round: Xua Huan-Tang Jinhua (Chn) bt Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean 21-13, 21-11; Lai Pei Jing-Shevon Lai Jemie bt Pakina Mariya-Ahmadjonova Surayyo (Uzb) 21-4, 21-6; Yang Li Lian-Sonia Cheah bt Kititharakul Chongthicha-Phetmaneelumkha Rassanan (Tha) 21-18, 21-16.
■ MIXED DOUBLES
Second round: Ow Yao Han-Lai Pei Jing bt Perera Pathirage Rakhita Nuwan-Kapuru Mudiyanselage Achini Nimeshika Rathnasiri (Sri) 21-10, 21-9;
Jani Santenos-Erica Khoo Pei Shan bt Gerald Ong Soon Lee-Toh Siew Fen (Sin) 21-17, 21-17; Suwardi Ricky Karanda-Haris Della Destiara (Ina) bt Nelson Heg Wei Keat-Maggie Lim Pei Chi 21-17, 21-13; Jin Yong-hoon-Kim Chan-mi (Kor) bt Tan Wee Tat-Shevon Lai Jemie 21-19, 21-18.