KUALA LUMPUR: Ho Yen Mei is the only Malaysian girl left in the tournament, and with nothing to lose, she is going for broke in the girls’ singles event at the Maybank Malaysia International Youth Under-19 badminton championships.
The 17-year-old beat compatriot Yap Rui Chen 21-16, 21-14 to set up a quarter-final clash against China’s Qin Jingjing on Friday.
The only other Malaysian girl, Sylvia Kavita Kumares, fell to top seed Kim Hyo-min of South Korea 17-21, 17-21 in 33 minutes.
“It’s tough being the only one left in the draw but it happens,” said Yen Mei who has yet to land a title. She emerged runner-up at this year’s Smiling Fish Thailand International Series and Dutch Junior International.
Jingjing, seeded sixth, fought back after being a set down, to beat South Korea’s Jun Joo-i 19-21, 21-16, 21-14.
While Yen Mei has not gone up against the Chinese player prior to Friday’s match, the fourth seed will be hoping to hold her own against the reigning Asian Youth Games champion in the quarter-final match.