KUALA LUMPUR: In the absence of three-time world junior champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei is set to hog the limelight as the youngest player in the World Junior Championships starting Wednesday in Bangkok.
And the 13-year-old Jin Wei is relishing the moment.
“The place is nice … I am just so excited to participate in my first world junior tournament. I will take this opportunity as a brand new challenge,” said Jin Wei from Bangkok yesterday.
Jin Wei and the Malaysian team arrived in Bangkok on Sunday. They will take part in the mixed team event, which starts tomorrow, followed by the individual events next Monday.
The Penangite’s inclusion in the team is no surprise as the pocket dynamite has done well in the junior ranks.
She has beaten most of the more senior players in the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) en route to emerging as the Division Two girls’ singles champions in both the Kedah and Kuala Lumpur legs.
Besides Jin Wei, the others in the girls’ singles team are Ho Yen Mei, S. Kisona and Lee Ying Ying.
Jin Wei hopes to become a great player like Ratchanok one day. The Thai became the reigning world champion after beating Olympic Games gold medallist Li Xuerui of China in the final of the World Championships in Guangzhou in August.
“For now, I just want to enjoy myself and see how much I can learn from my first world junior championships,” she added. Jin Wei may be fielded in one of Malaysia’s ties in the mixed team competition.
Malaysia are in Group X2 with Bulgaria, Scotland and the Philippines and they will open their campaign against Scotland tomorrow.
Last year, Malaysia lost to Indonesia in the quarter-finals of the mixed team event and failed to win any title in the individual events.
Boys’ singles: Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven, Lim Chi Wing, Cheam June Wei.
Boys’ doubles: Darren Isaac Devadass-Ong Yew Sin, Chua Keh Yeap-Mohd Amzzar Zainuddin, Woon Mun Choon-Chua Khek Wei.
Girls’ singles: Goh Jin Wei, Ho Yen Mei, S. Kisona, Lee Ying Ying.
Girls’ doubles: Joyce Choong-Yap Cheng Wen, Chin Kah Mun-Ti Wei Chyi, Goh Yea Ching-Peck Yen Wei.
Mixed doubles: Chua Khek Wei-Yap Cheng Wen, Ong Yew Sin-Joyce Choong, Chua Keh Yeap-Chin Kah Mun.