KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s campaign in the mixed team competition of the Asian junior badminton championships got off to a shaky start with the top boys’ shuttlers showing signs of nerves in the Group B tie against Vietnam at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here yesterday.
Malaysia defeated Vietnam 4-1 but the highly-rated Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and the boys’ pair of Ow Yao Han-Yew Hong Kheng had to go the distance.
In an earlier tie, Malaysia trounced Mongolia with a 5-0 win. In their final group tie today, Malaysia will take on India, who also had to ward off strong challenges from the Vietnamese before prevailing with a 5-0 win.
Against Vietnam yesterday, Malaysia started on a sluggish note when Dutch and German Open junior champion Iskandar had to battle hard to beat Le Ha Anh 18-21, 21-9, 21-16 in a match that lasted 43 minutes.
Malaysia’s confidence was shaken in the second match when the mixed doubles shuttlers of Goh Jian Hao-Shevon Lai Jemie crashed to a 22-20, 17-21, 8-21 defeat by Bui Quang Tuan-Vu Thi Trang.