Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei is world’s No. 1 junior badminton player

Goh Jin Wei, Lee Ying Ying, Moe Araki, and Natsuki Nidaira (from left). (photo: BWF)

Lima: Goh Jin Wei made Malaysian badminton history on Sunday when she defeated compatriot Lee Ying Ying in the final to claim the BWF World Junior badminton girls’ singles title on an exciting day of action.Goh Jin Wei, Lee Ying Ying, Moe Araki, and Natsuki Nidaira (from left). (photo: BWF)

15-year-old Goh Jin Wei got off to a good start in the first set when she was firing on all cylinders by launching relentlessness attacks and was intimidating Lee Ying Ying via rock solid defense to seal the opening game 21-15.

After trailing by 7-13, Lee Ying Ying fought back to level the score at 15-15 in the second set. However, Goh Jin Wei then reeled off five consecutive points to eventually see off Lee Ying Ying 21-16 and to become the first Malaysian girls’ shuttler ever to win the World Junior Championships.Goh Jin Wei and Lee Ying Ying poses for pictures during the awards ceremony at World Junior Championships. (photo: BWF)

Chen Qingchen who partnered Huang Kaixiang to win the mixed doubles title at last year’s World Junior Championships, was able to defense the mixed doubles title this year with her new partner – Zheng Siwei. Chen/Zheng faced surprisingly strong resistance from their 8th-ranked compatriots He Jiting/Du Yue before they shrugged off a shaky first set to roar past He/Du 21-19, 21-8 in 27 minutes to clinch the mixed doubles title.

On the other hand, Taiwanese shuttler Lu Chia Hung needed 50 minutes to hand Taiwan a historic first World Junior boys’ singles title after he beat Siril Verma of India 17-21, 21-10, 21-7 in the final.

In her second straight success of the day, No. 1 seeds Chen Qingchen and her women’s doubles partner Jia Yifan spent 58 minutes to subdue their Chinese compatriot No. 10 seeds Du Yue/Li Yinhui 21-18, 13-21, 21-11 to win the girls’ doubles crown.

Another double celebration for the Chinese camp came from boys’ doubles when Zheng Siwei who won the mixed doubles title earlier in the afternoon, etched his name in World Junior badminton history books again by claiming the boys’ doubles title together with He Jiting. The No. 1 seeds Zheng/He eased to a 21-14,21-16 final win in 30 minutes against No. 2 seeds Joel Eipe/Frederik Søgaard Mortensen of Denmark to finish the 2015 World Junior Championships on a high note.


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