Malaysia storm into fi­nal

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MALAYSIA caused a ma­jor up­set in the mixed team event of the Bad­minton World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Yo­gyakarta yes­ter­day.

The Malaysian team reached the fi­nal for the sec­ond straight year by over­com­ing South Korea 3-0. They will face China, who de­feated Ja­pan 3-1 in the other semi-fi­nal tie, for the gold medal to­day.

Bukit Jalil Sports School coach Kwan Yoke Meng said he was proud of his shut­tlers for reach­ing the fi­nal again.

“China are the best here, but we will try to give a fight. We hold a slight edge in the boys’ and girls’ sin­gles, and hope­fully we can pres­sure China by win­ning both points,” said Yoke Meng yes­ter­day.

In last year’s fi­nal, 11-time win­ners China thrashed Malaysia 30 in Spain.

Yes­ter­day, Malaysia earned their points through Ng Eng Cheong-Tan Sueh Jeou (mixed dou­bles), Leong Jun Hao (boys’ sin­gles) and Goh Jin Wei (girls’ sin­gles).

BA of Malaysia pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said Malaysia’s en­try into the fi­nal proves that the as­so­ci­a­tion have a world class de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

“Our play­ers won their re­spec­tive matches in straight games to­day. It is some­thing to be proud of. I hope they will con­tinue the mo­men­tum in the fi­nal,” said Norza.

The only time Malaysia were cham­pi­ons in the mixed team event was in the 2011 Tai­wan edi­tion. Helmi Talkah

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