Iskandar Zulkarnain

# World junior champion stuns world No 11 Sun Yu for Malaysia’s only point

# Iskandar Zulkarnain secures Malaysia’s only point in 4-1 defeat to Japan


The figures did not favour her nor told the story of guts and determination – story of a fighter named Goh Jin Wei – who is making inroads in the world of badminton.

Despite losing 4-1 to top seeds China in their final Group A match in the Asia in the Asia Team Championships in Hyderabad on Thursday, Jin Wei made heads turn with a stunning win over world No 11 Sun Yu on Thursday.

The 15-year-old from Penang, standing slightly more than 5 feet pulled of a straight sets 21-13, 21-16 win over her 6 feet tall opponent in 43 minutes after China had swept to 2-0 by winning the first singles and first doubles.

Wang Shixian took the first point for the favourites with a 21-19, 21-12 win over Ho Yen Mei in 32 minutes. China next won the first doubles through twins Luo Ying and Luo Yu who had no difficulty against Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Vivian Hoo with a 21-14, 21-11 win.

Jin Wei’s heroics failed to inspire Malaysia’ second doubles pair Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean who lasted only 15 minutes before retiring with score 18-10 in favour of China’s Tang Yuanting-Yu Yang. The Malaysians called quits after Mei Kuan picked up an ankle injury.

Chen Yufei sealed China’s fourth point with an easy 21-4, 21-6 win over Lee Ying Ying.

Despite the defeat Malaysia joined China from the group in the quarter-finals.

Speaking after her win, Jin Wei, the reigning world junior champion said patience played a role in her win.

In the same breath Jin Wei added that her opponent was not at her best. Sun Yu finished runners-up in the recent Thailand Masters where she lost to home favourite and former world champion Ratchanok Intanon.

Meanwhile, Japan beat Malaysia 4-1 in their final Group B match. Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin got Malaysia’s solitary point when he beat Takuma Ueda in three sets 17-21, 21-14, 21-17 in a 68 minute battle.



MEN (Group B)

Japan beat Malaysia 4-1

(Japan first)

Kento Momota beat Zulfadli Zulkifli 21-10, 21-11

Takuma Ueda lost to Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-17, 14-21, 17-21

Kenta Nishimoto beat Soong Joo Ven 21-18, 21-19

Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda beat Low Juan Shen-Tan Kuan Meng 21-10. 15-21, 21-8

Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa beat Tan Wee Gieen-Teo Yi Ee 21-13, 21-16



WOMEN (Group A)

China beat Malaysia 4-1

(China first)

Wang Shixian beat Ho Yen Mei 21-19, 21-12

Luo Ying-Luo Ya beat Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Vivian Hoo 21-14 21-11

Sun Yu lost to Goh Jin We 16-21, 13-21

Tang Yuanting-Yu Yang beat Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean 18-10 (rtd)

Chen Yufei beat Lee Ying Ying 21-14, 21-6

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