Jun Hao suffers surprise loss in Thailand Masters

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Asian junior champion Leong Jun Hao assured that he will overcome any niggling issue before the start of the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships (BAMTC) in Dubai next month.

This comes after the world No 66 failed to even clear the qualifying round of the Super 300 Thailand Masters, losing 24-22 21-19 to world No 92 Yeoh Seng Zoe today.

Seng Zoe, a former BAM shuttler, did not go far either, succumbing 21-15, 18-21, 21-9 to Hong Kong's Chan Yin Chak in the second qualifying round match.

When contacted in Bangkok, Jun Hao, who was selected for the BAMTC squad ahead of Commonwealth Games silver medallist Ng Tze Yong, said: "I will need to overcome whatever issue and move on from this defeat.

"I've identified the problem and will need to work on them before the BAMTC.

"The score was very close, I need to improve on my finishing."

With both Jun Hao and Seng Zoe failing to make the main draw, all attention will now be on Tze Yong and independent shuttlers Cheam June Wei and Soong Joo Ven.

Eighth seed Tze Yong will play Brazil's Ygor Coelho in the first round tomorrow, June Wei is up against homester Kantaphon Wangcharoen, while Joo Ven faces Yin Chak.

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