Bangkok: China wrapped up a 5-0 clean sweep over Korea to win their three straight Asia Junior mixed team championships on Wednesday. China defeated Korea 3-0 in 2013, and 3-0 in 2014. Playing with several returning players from last year’s squad such as Chen Qingchen and Zheng Siwei, China carved out one of the most sensational and memorable victories in their Asia Junior mixed team history by ending the final battle in only three straight matches.
Mixed doubles pair Chen Qingchen/Zheng Siwei got China off to a flying start in the final by trouncing Korea’s Kim Hyang Im/Lim Su Min 21-14, 21-10 in just 23 minutes.
2014 world junior men’s singles champion Lin Guipu of China was too strong and clinched victory over Lee Jun Su of Korea 21-14, 21-9 to put China ahead with 2-0.
Zheng Siwei then returned to court for the third match, partnered with He Jiting in men’s doubles. The Chinese duo fought back from dropping the opening set to finally dismantle South Korean boy’s pair Choi Jong Woo/Seo Seung Jae 13-21, 21-19, 21-10, helping China to clinch their sixth overall Asia Junior mixed team title.
In the in individual event that kicked off later the same day, Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei has excelled in both girls singles and mixed doubles.
Goh put up an impressive show of resilience, when she held her nerve to stave off fourth seed Ruselli Hartawan of Indonesia 21-14, 22-20 to advance to the girls’ singles second round. Other Malaysian girls who cruised to the second round were Lee Ying Ying, and M. Thinaah.
Goh Jin Wei will play Chan Kit Lei of Macau on Thursday, while the top two seeds of boy’s singles Firman Abdul Kholik of Indonesia and Cheam June Wei of Malaysia will make their Asia Junior Championship debut on Thursday.