Young national player Goh Jin Wei made history to become the first Malaysian woman singles player to emerge champion at the World Youth Badminton Championship in Lima, Peru early this morning.
Jin Wei, 15, the world youth’s fifth-ranked player beat compatriot 18-year-old Lee Ying Ying, 21-15, 21-16 in 35 minutes, to complete a meaningful year for herself after becoming the youngest player to represent Malaysia in the Singapore SEA Games in June.
In Singapore, Jin Wei, who is from Penang, succeeded in making it to the semi-final of the singles event, other than helping the national squad advance to the final of the women’s team event.
The form three student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sri Hartamas here was absorbed into the national back-up squad at the end of last year and was trained by former national player Wong Tat Meng and former Indonesian woman’s singles coach Rony Agustinus.
The last time Malaysia emerged champions at the World Youth Championship was in 2011 when Zulfadli Zulkiffli and the Nelson Heg Wei Keat/Teo Ee Yi pair won the singles and men’s doubles event, respectively.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese player, Lu Chia Hung emerged the men’s singles champion after rising from a defeat in the first set to win 17-21, 21-10, 21-7 over Siril Verma of India in 50 minutes.
Men’s singles: Lu Chia Hung (TPE) bt Siril Verma (IND) 17-21, 21-10, 21-7.
Women’s singles: Goh Jin Wei (MAS) bt Lee Ying Ying (MAS) 21-15, 21-16.
Men’s doubles: He Jiting/Zheng Siwei (CHN) bt Joel Eipe/Frederick Sogaard Mortensen (DEN) 21-14, 21-16.
Women doubles: Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (CHN) bt Du Yue/Li Yinhui (CHN) 21-18, 13-21, 21-11.
Mixed doubles: Zheng Jiwei/Chen Qingchen (CHN) bt He Jiting/Du Yue (CHN) 21-19, 21-8.