Gold medalist of Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Goh Jin Wei’s dream to win the mixed team title for Malaysia failed to turn into reality at the World Junior Championship. It was stalled by China. There were high hopes that the 18 year old Malaysian would bring back Malaysia on track after lagging by 1-2 in the quarter-final battle against the defending champions in Markham, Canada.
However, Wei couldn’t give a tough fight against Wang Zhiyi this time. Previously, Wei beat the Chinese shuttler in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in order to win the YOG title. However, for the World Junior Championship, Wang won by 21-19, 21-14 and it placed China in the last four positions and going closer for their 13th title.
Mixed doubles pair Chia Wei Jie- Toh Ee Wei had earlier placed Malaysia in the front position and they astonished world No. 1 Guo Xinwa-Liu Xuanxuan by 21-16, 21-17; however, Ng Tze Yong and Chua Yue Chern-Wei Jie failed to make a solid start in the succeeding boys’ singles and boys’ doubles matches specifically.
It was Malaysia’s third defeat in the hands of china after having lost in the finals of the last two years matches. National junior coach Kwan Yoke Meng stated that he can’t find any fault in the attempts of his players’. He stated that even if is players had a good hold over the game in the beginning, and then finishing was not at all fine. He is proud that his players gave a tough fight in the match. It was bad that Jin Wei was not in her best form or else she would have ended the match with a tie.
Next match that Malaysia would be playing is the fifth-eight classification match.