China to de­fend ti­tle against Malaysia

The Jakarta Post - - SPORTS - Bam­bang Muryanto

The Yonex Sun­rise BWF World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships 2017 will have a re­peat clash in its mixed team tour­na­ment on Satur­day, as China is set to de­fend its ti­tle against Malaysia for the fourth con­sec­u­tive time.

China reached the fi­nal af­ter stop­ping Ja­pan 3-1 on Fri­day, while Malaysia out­did South Korea 3-0.

Malaysia’s team man­ager, Goh Yen Yen, said he was happy to see his team reach its tar­get: land­ing the fi­nals. How­ever, he re­fused to have high hopes.

“Our chances of win­ning are 50-50. We hope to per­form well and bring home the [Suhan­d­i­nata] Cup,” Goh told the press af­ter the match, re­fer­ring to the tour­na­ment’s tro­phy.

China is still a pow­er­house in the World Ju­nior mixed team tour­na­ment, with a to­tal of 11 ti­tles from 14 edi­tions. Mean­while, Malaysia clinched the ti­tle in 2011 and 2009, placed sec­ond in 2016 and 2006, and took the third­place prize in 2010.

In the semi­fi­nals, China’s Fan Qi­uyue and Li Wen­mei claimed vic­tory in the mixed dou­bles match, while Fan and Wang Chang won the men’s dou­bles com­pe­ti­tion and Han Yue clinched the women’s sin­gles match.

Fan and Li de­feated Ja­pan’s Takuma Obayashi and Natsu Saito 21-13, 21-13. Fan and Wang beat Mahiro Kaneko and Yuno­suke Kub­ota 21-15, 21-12, while Han stopped Moto Hayashi 21-11, 2112.

The Ja­panese team se­cured its only win from Ko­dai Naraoka in the men’s sin­gles tour­na­ment, crush­ing Yu­peng Bai 21-13, 21-8.

Malaysia showed prom­ise af­ter Eng Cheong Ng and Sueh Jeou Tan out­classed South Korea’s Min Jeong and Seong Jae Kim 21-9, 2112.

Mean­while, Jun Hao Leong in the men’s sin­gles match also showed his strength by beat­ing Dong Ju Ki 21-6, 21-19.

Women’s sin­gles shut­tler Goh Jin Wei landed a much-needed vic­tory for Malaysia by beat­ing Se Young An 21-16, 21-19.

In a post-match in­ter­view, Goh ad­mit­ted that she had not been in top phys­i­cal form while fac­ing Se — but she won any­way.

“I have a cold, so I took some medicine that made me feel tired,” Goh said.

In the mean­time, host In­done­sia, which failed to con­tinue its ti­tle cam­paign af­ter los­ing 3-1 to China in Wed­nes­day’s quar­ter­fi­nals, is gun­ning for third place af­ter de­feat­ing Thai­land at Thurs­day’s play­offs.

In­done­sia, which has never won a ti­tle, was set to play against In­dia in an­other play­off on late Fri­day.

Ja­panese mixed dou­bles pair Takuma Obayashi (right) and Natsu Saito play against China’s Fan Qi­uyue and Li Wen­mei in the sec­ond match of the Yonex-Sun­rise BWF World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships 2017 mixed team tour­na­ment in Yogyakarta on Fri­day. Ja­pan lost 3-1 to China, which will next meet Malaysia in the fi­nal to de­fend its ti­tle.

JP/Bam­bang Muryanto


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