Carmen Ting caused the biggest upset in the Petronas Malaysia International Challenge 2022 at the Arena Badminton Perak in Ipoh.
The 16-year-old Carmen, who was recently drafted into the BA of Malaysia National Junior Elite programme, and ranked 916 in the world, defeated World No 70 and third seed Tasnim Mir of India 21-15, 21-19 to setup a second-round clash against fellow Malaysian K. Letshanaa.
Carmen had earlier come through the qualifying process to join the main draw.
Myisha Mohd Khairul, 20, also made steady progress to advance to the second round with a 21-13, 21-8 victory against Amanda Yap.
Earlier No 1 seed and two-time former World Junior champion Goh Jin Wei gave a walkover to India’s Unnati Hooda. Ranked 39 in the world, Jin Wei trailed 6-11 in her first-round match before conceding a walkover.
The absence of Kisona Selvaduray, the No 2 seed, and Jin Wei paves the way for other BAM and foreign players for a strong shot at the title. Kisona, ranked 58 in the world, suffered a knee injury in the Bangladesh International Challenge last week.
In men’s singles, Leong Jun Hao, Aidil Sholeh, Kok Jing Hong, Justin Hoh qualified for the third round while Eogene Ewe and Jan Jireh Lee were eliminated.
Jun Hao, seeded seven, defeated Ong Zhen Yi 17-21, 21-18, 21-12; while the 11-seed Aidil carved a 21-15, 21-12 win against Chua Kim Sheng.
Jing Hong (seeded 14) came through a three-set thriller against Jan Jireh Lee to chart a 21-12, 15-21, 21-11 victory and Singaporean Jason Jia Heng, who is seeded sixth, ended Eogene’s run with a 18-21, 21-5, 21-11 victory.
In men’s doubles, Muhammad Fazriq Mohamed Razif-Man Wei Chong edged fellow BAM trainees Choi Jian Sheng-Bryan Jeremy Goonting 19-21, 21-14, 21-10.
Fifth seeds Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei, who won the Bangladesh International Challenge, are looking good at their second mixed doubles title following a 21-7, 21-12 triumph over Ching Kai Feng-Tan Shen Thing.