Latest Badminton News and Articles

Too early to compare Jin Wei to Ratchanok (pic)

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News Published: 09 October 2013
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 243

GEORGE TOWN: It is premature to compare teen badminton prodigy Goh Jin Wei to the reigning world champion Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand, said her coaches on Wednesday.

The 13-year-old Jin Wei, the youngest player to win a Division Two title in the local circuit, drew comparisons with the Thai youngster after being selected to represent Malaysia at the World Junior Championships in Bangkok from Oct 23-Nov 3.Goh Jin Wei needs to be nurtured and not stressed with a lot of expectations. Penang team manager Tony Tan says she needs to be treated with kid gloves.

The 18-year-old Ratchanok, who became the youngest world women’s singles champion this year, won the first of her three World Junior titles in 2009 when she was just 14.

While the Penang-based Jin Wei will be in unchartered waters when she features in the Under-19 tournament in Bangkok later this month, Ratchanok already had a women’s singles senior tournament victory under her belt before winning her maiden World Junior crown in Alor Setar in 2009.

“The Penang badminton officials feel Jin Wei deserves her place in Malaysia’s squad for the World Juniors. She has beaten all the top BJSS (Bukit Jalil Sports School) players and has proven her worth by lifting the Kedah and KL Open Division Two titles,” said Penang team manager Tony Tan.

“However, it is premature at this juncture to start comparing her to Ratchanok. The World Juniors is Jin Wei’s first step into the international scene, and she has not been tested yet at this level.”

Tony, who also coaches the state players and is also the Penang Badminton Association (PBA) secretary, and the state chief coach Deng Lei of China, were both instrumental in charting Jin Wei’s progress after roping her into the Penang development programme.

Her talent was discovered by legendary coach Teh Peng Huat, who has a knack for spotting future stars, including the current world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.

Tony warned against putting undue pressure on Jin Wei, saying that she must be treated with kid gloves.

“She has the potential to be a world beater if nurtured the right way. There is a danger of her being burnt out too early if pushed too hard.

“There is no hurry to expect results from her. A lot of hardwork needs to be done if we are to expect great things from her, and it is important to keep her in the growing process.”

The Jit Sin High School Form 1 student is expected to switch her training base from Penang to Kuala Lumpur next year by joining BJSS.

Besides Jin Wei, the other girls singles players named for the World Juniors are the BJSS-based Ho Yen Mei, S. Kisona and Lee Ying Ying.

  • No comments found

Facebook

Twitter

Google Plus

Replays: French Open 2014

playbutton-2014-square-french-open

Watch Replays

  • Recent News
  • Popular
We're not giving up on you, Chong Wei!

Kuala Lumpur: World number one Lee Chong Wei arrived at the

Lee Chong Wei pulls out from Hong Kong Open

Hong Kong: World number one Lee Chong Wei will not defend hi

Saina Nehwal: No one can question my patriotism

New Delhi: India's Sports Ministry diktat of not to extend f

Lin Dan joins torch relay for 2014 Youth Olympics

Nanjing: Two times Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan was one of

Carolina Marin Receives Sport Merit Royal Order

Madrid: The winner of 2014 BWF Badminton World Championships

Video: Badminton is the most "dangerous" sport on earth

Hanoi: Thanks to the quick work of a match referee, no-one w

Recommended Videos

  • 2013 Indonesia Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 World Championships - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 India Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Japan Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Hong Kong Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 India Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 Singapore Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 Malaysia Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Denmark Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 Korea Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 All England - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 World Superseries Finals - Badminton Videos
Previous Next