SINGAPORE: Two of Singapore’s brightest badminton prospects are through to the quarter-finals of the World Junior Badminton Championship in Bilbao, Spain.
Sixth-seeded Yeo Jia Min made short work of Jamie Hsu of the United States in the girls’ singles, despatching her opponent 21-13, 21-9 in just 23 minutes on Thursday (Nov 10).
The 17-year-old Singapore Sports School student will play third seed Pornpawee Chocuwong in the quarter-final match on Friday at 7.25pm (Singapore time). The Thai player brushed aside Leonice Huet of France 21-10, 21-11 in their Round of 16 encounter.
Meanwhile, team-mate Ryan Ng survived a nail-biting three-setter in the boys’ singles, with the 18-year-old Singaporean finally edging his Japanese opponent Masayuki Onodera 21-19, 16-21, 22-20 in just under an hour.
Eighth-seeded Ng will face Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo (7.15pm) after the 14th-ranked Indonesian player overcame third-seeded Pachaarapol Nipornram of Thailand 13-21, 21-15, 21-15.
Earlier on Thursday, Yeo reached the Round of 16 after an easy 21-3, 21-8 win over Iran’s Samin Abedkhojasteh.
Yeo is making the most of a year-long leave of absence from school, having decided to concentrate fully on training and competition.
In July, she won her first career title at the Vietnam Open Grand Prix, and also picked up the Jaya Raya Yonex Sunrise Junior Grand Prix (Under-19) title two months later.
In the latter tournament in Jakarta, she toppled the top-seeded Pornpawee in the semi-finals before despatching third seed Kim Ga-eun of South Korea for the crown.
Ng, who won the Malaysian International Youth Under-19 tournament in September, found his way into the Round of 16 by beating Sri Lankan Ranthushka Sasindu 21-14, 21-8.
However, team-mate Muhammad Elaf Tan saw his campaign ended with a 21-17, 21-9 defeat to fifth-seeded Sun Feixiang of China.
Singapore’s girls’ doubles pairing of Ker’Sara Koh and Crystal Wong also bowed out after losing 21-16, 21-15 to Malaysia’s Pearly Tan and Toh Ee Wei.
In the mixed team competition that was completed earlier this week, Singapore finished in 10th place.
The BWF World Junior Championships is streaming live on YouTube.