SOONG Joo Ven and Cheam June Wei stayed in the hunt for the Asian Junior Championships boys' singles crown when they reached the fourth round in Gimcheon, South Korea yesterday.
Joo Ven beat Kim Dong Joo of South Korea 9-21, 21-13, 21-18 while June Wei, 15, continued his fairytale run beating Bernard Ong of Singapore 21-11, 21-15.
Thai players await both Malaysians as Joo Ven next plays Nanthatheero Nonpapakorm while June Wei will take on fifth seed Khosit Phetpradab today.
Tai An Khang-Darren Issac Devadass were the only boys' doubles left in the competition after they edged Keichiro Matsui-Koshun Miura of Japan 21-19, 21-19 and will next play Taiwan's Chen Wei-Chen Liu Wei for a place in the last eight today.
Third seeds Calvin Ong-Tan Wee Gieen were ousted 21-5, 21-15 by Indonesia's Alfian Eko Prasetyo-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamulyo while Akmal Zakaria-Aliff Nurizwan were thrashed 21-9, 21-8 by South Korea's Chan Jun Bong-Young Bae Kwon in the second round.
In the girls' singles, Lim Yin Fun, who beat Cheung Ying Mei of Hong Kong 21-15, 23-21, will play Kim Ye Ji of South Korea in the third round today.
Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean advanced to the third round of the girls' doubles when they outlasted Mareta Dea Geovanu-Mahadevi Ni Ketut of Indonesia 21-18, 21-15 in the second round. They play Japan's Ayako Sakuramoto-Chisato Hoshi today. By K.M. Boopathy