IT was pure delight for China’s rising star Chen Qingchen and the opposite for Indonesia’s Rosyita Eka Putri Sari in the Eye Level Cups finals for individual events in the World Junior Badminton Championships which came to a close at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium in Alor Star, Kedah on Friday.
The 18-year-old Qingchen walked away with two titles – retaining the mixed doubles title with Huang Kaixiang and ended her junior status by winning the girls’ doubles title with Jia Yi Fan.
The two titles in the World Junior Championships is the begining of a new journey for the shuttler who now aims to take her game to a new level with the hope of making the China senior team.
While Qingchen celebrated, Rosyita was at the losing end in both the finals – the girls’s doubles and the mixed doubles.
Qingchen and Kaixiang, the top seeds, beat Rosyita and Muhammad Rian Adrianto 21-12, 21-17 in 29 minutes for the mixed doubles title. In the girls’ doubles final Qingchen-Yi Fan outplayed Rosyita and her partner Apriani Apriani 21-11, 21-14 in only 26 minutes for the title.
“Winning two titles in the World Junior meet is a big and right step to take my game to a higher level. But it is long journey where I have to work hard if I want to move up,” said Qingchen.
China, who had earlier won the mixed team event title, added a third title in the individual events
when Lin Gui Pu (seeded joint fifth) packed off reigning Asian Junior champion and second seed Shi Yuqi with a 20-22, 21-8, 21-18 in 67 minutes to win the boys’ single final.
The boys’ doubles title went to Thailand when Puavaranukroh Dechapol-Ketlen Kittinupong who beat the Japanese pair of Masahide Nakata-Katsuki Tamate 21-16, 21-18 in the final which lasted 35 minutes.
Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, the top seed, had to dig deep into her reserves for a 14-21, 21-18, 21-18 in 53 minutes over joint fifth seed He Bing Jiao of China to win the girls’ singles title.
RESULTS (All finals)
Lin Gui Pu (Chn) beat Shi Yuqi (Chn) 20-22, 21-8, 21-18
Puavaranukroh Dechapol-Ketlen Kittinupong (Tha) beat Masahide Nakata-Katsuki Tamate (Jpn) 21-16, 21-18
Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) beat He Bing Jiao (Chn) 14-21, 21-18, 21-18
Chen Qingchen-Jia Yi Fan (Chn) beat Apriani Apriani-Rosyita Eka Putri Sari (Ina) 21-11, 21-14
Huang Kaixiang-Chen Qingchen (Chn) beat Muhammad Rian Adrianto-Rosyita Eka Putri Sari (Ina) 21-12, 21-17