China to defend title against Malaysia
The Blibli.com 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 Blibli.com 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.