Goh Jin Wei advances to 2015 Asia Junior Championship semis

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Goh Jin Wei has a bright future ahead of her. (photo: Granular)

Bangkok: 15-year-old Goh Jin Wei was the only bright spot in what turned out to be a dismal day for the Malaysian badminton team, as other Malaysian shuttlers crashed out of the 2015 Asia Junior Championship on Friday.Goh Jin Wei has a bright future ahead of her. (photo: Granular)

Goh Jin Wei outlasted Soo In Byun of Korea 21-9, 21-10 at Friday noon to cruise to the final 8. Jin Wei produced a determined performance later that day to edge out Shiori Saito of Japan 21-18, 14-21, 21-18 in 76 minutes to move to girl’s singles semi-finals. Jin Wei will take on top seed He Bing Jiao of China on Saturday. He Bing Jiao fought back from a set down to finally overcome Natsuki Nidaira of Japan 21-7, 13-21, 21-13 in the quarter-finals.

In mixed doubles, Goh Jin Wei/Tan Jinn Hwa managed to ease past Yang Ming-Tse/Jhou Shih Jyun of Chinese Taipei 21-9, 21-15 in their last 16 match. However, Goh/Tan were not able to advance any further after their gritty fight against second seeds Choi Jong Woo/Kim Hye Jeong ended with a 21-17, 21-16 loss.

Cheam June Wei’s campaign in Bangkok also ended on a disappointment note. The Malaysian boy’s singles shuttler couldn’t outwit Vega Vio Nirwanda of Indonesia, losing 20-22, 21-12, 21-13 in round 4.

Unseeded boy’s singles shuttler from Japan, Yuta Watanabe pulled off the upset of the tournament, handling top seed Firman Abdul Kholik of Indonesia the quarter-finals exit, winning 23-21, 21-16. Watanabe will take on 2014 world junior champion Lin Gui Pu in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Having fought tooth and nail, girl’s doubles from Japan, Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida kicked up a gear to shock top seeds Apriani Apriani/Jauza Fadhila Sugiarto 21-19, 22-20 in round 3, and eventually made it to the semi-finals.

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