MALAYSIA can forget about winning the boys' singles title through Soong Joo Ven in the Asian Junior BadmintonChampionships in Gimcheon, South Korea, on June 30-July 7.
Indonesia's Shesar Hiren Rustavito and Sameer Verma of India are a cut above their rivals.
Shesar is an Indonesian back-up player while Sameer has been seeing action in the international senior circuit and reached the Thailand Open grand prix gold semi-finals two weeks ago. Another player to watch out for is Kento Momota of Japan and Shesar's teammate Arief Gifar Ramadhan.
It will even be a struggle for Joo Ven to reach the last four.
The other Malaysians competing in the boys' singles are Tan Kian Meng, Chong Yee Han and Cheam June Wei.
China's strength is unpredictable with new faces Guo Kai, Xue Song and Shi Yuqi aiming for the title last won by Huang Yuxiang in 2010.
Malaysia won their first ever boys' singles title through Zulfadli Zulkifli last year but it is unlikely to be repeated this time.
National junior doubles coach Yap Kim Hock has already conceded Malaysia are not good enough to win the doubles crown as Darren Issac-Tan An Khang, Tan Wee Gieen-Kelvin Ong and Aliff Nurizwan-Akmal Zakaria do not have what it takes to win the title.