PETALING JAYA: Asian Junior champion Soo Teck Zhi bounced back from a disappointing performance in the mixed team event by easing into the third round of the individual event at the World Junior Championships in Bangkok on Wednesday.
Teck Zhi failed to beat Indonesia’s Christie Jonatan in the quarter-finals of the team event as Malaysia lost to Indonesia 3-1.
The top-seeded Teck Zhi, however was in fine form en route to dispatching Mexico’s Luis Garrid 21-11, 21-12 in the second round in just 23 minutes.
The 18-year-old, who received a first-round bye, faces Taiwan’s Yang Sheng-Jie next.
“It was a good match (against Garrid) and I played well,” said Teck Zhi in a text message.
Team-mate Soong Joo Ven also made the third round – but not before struggling to get past Sweden’s Felix Burestedt 22-24, 21-16, 21-17.
“My opponent played really well and was really good at the net.