HEE Kar Yen will be the only local representative in today's semi-finals of the World Youth Championships after none of the Malaysians in yesterday's boys' singles event made an impression in Bangkok.
Syimir Abdul Razak was Malaysia's best performer yesterday by finishing seventh with a 1,309 total, a mere eight pins off a semi-final spot.
Compatriots Johnathan Chan (1,278), Aris Ardilla Santosoh (1,215) and Chong Jun Foo finished 14th, 35th and 62nd respectively.
Singapore's Basil Low finished in pole position with a 1,449 total followed by Japan's Shusaku Asato (1,387), South Korea's Ryu Ji Hoon (1,370) and Australia's Sam Cooley (1,317).
Kar Yen, who finished in pole position in the girls' singles on Sunday, will battle against Puerto Rico's Cristina Rodriguez for a spot in the final today.
"It was difficult today (yesterday) as all the bowlers were posting high scores. Syimir did well but a 197 in the fifth game ended his semi-final hopes," said manager Cheah Ban Cheng when contacted in Bangkok yesterday.
"We are, however, optimistic our boys will bounce back in the doubles and as for Kar Yen, she is focused on making a huge impression."
The boys' and girls' doubles will commerce after the singles semi-finals today.