PETALING JAYA: China proved once again that they are just too strong for the rest with their continued dominance in the mixed team event at the Asian Junior Championships.
They beat South Korea 3-0 in the finals on Wednesday, making it their fifth win since the introduction of the event in 2006.
The Chinese junior shuttlers got off to a perfect start when their mixed doubles pair Huang Kaixiang-Chen Qingchen took only 24 minutes to defeat Koreans Choi Jong-woo-Kim Hyang-im 21-7, 21-12.
They then went on to get their second point when Lin Guipu beat Seo Seung-jae 21-11, 21-16 in the boys’ singles.
China then sealed the deal through their boys’ doubles – Huang Kaixiang-Zheng Siwei beat Kim Jung-ho-Kim Jae-hwan 21-17, 21-19.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian junior shuttlers had to put Tuesday’s defeat to Taiwan in the mixed team event behind them as they focused on the individual events.
“I will fight hard in every single match with my partners and give my best as this is my last outing at the Asian Junior Championships,” said Peck Yen Wei, who is participating in the girls’ doubles and mixed doubles.
Yen Wei-Goh Yea Ching, Tew Jia Jia-Eng Pui Yee and Raja Nurnina Raja Azlan Shah-Yap Zhen all had first round byes and will play against pairings from Japan, China and Hong Kong respectively in round two on Thursday.
“We have never played against the Japanese pair prior to this but we know that their players have a very fluid playing style. We expect a tough game with many long rallies but we will try our best to win,” said Yen Wei.
In the boys’ doubles, Ng Di Hua-Chua Khek Wei also had a first round bye and will be up against Chang Hsuan-wen-Lin Shang-kai of Taiwan on Thursday. The Taiwanese pair beat Malaysians Chen Jia Huo-Goh Sze Fei 21-14, 21-17 in the first round on Wednesday.
In the girls’ singles, Goh Jin Wei got off to a good start by beating Grace Chua Hui Zhen of Singapore 21-11, 21-19 while Ho Yen Mei put up a gutsy performance to beat Korean Kim Hyang-im 21-18, 14-21, 24-22 in 55 minutes. In the other girls’ singles match, Lee Ying Ying also showed resilience in her hard fought win against Su Yu-chen of Taiwan with a scoreline of 21-17, 14-21, 22-20.
Cheam June Wei was the only Malaysian in the boys’ singles category to have a first round bye. He faces the winner of the match between Korean Seo Seung-jae and Do Tuan Duc of Vietnam.
In the other boys’ singles, Malaysia’s R. Satheishtharan was beaten by Lai Yu-hua of Taiwan 15-21, 16-21.
The mixed doubles pairing of Chua Khek Wei-Yen Wei also made it to the second round through a bye and will play either Philippines’ Alvin Morada-Alyssa Ysabel Leonardo or Muhammad Rian Ardianto-Zakia Ulfa of Indonesia.