KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia rode on their victories in the singles matches and went on to dethrone China as the mixed team champions of the Asian junior championships at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here yesterday.
Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Tee Jing Yi rose to the occasion to win the boys’ and girls’ singles matches respectively to pave the way for the boys’ doubles of Goh Jian Hao-Pang Zheng Lin to seal the final tie at 3-1.
In the battle that lasted for almost three hours, Malaysia had lost the opening mixed doubles match.
It was the second time that Malaysia clinched the mixed team title after 2007. For the Chinese juniors, the defeat was a big blow, especially when they had their national senior team’s chief coach Li Yongbo watching them in action yesterday.
The hope was on winning all three doubles matches but Iskandar and Jing Yi showed the Malaysian strength in the singles too.
After Ow Yao Han-Lai Pei Jing were beaten 17-21, 10-21 by Ow Yao Han-Lai Pei Jing in just 28 minutes in the opening mixed doubles match, national junior champion Iskandar levelled the tie with a 21-17, 21-16 win against Tian Houwei in 45 minutes.