Three shuttlers reach last-16 stage of Asian Juniors

KUALA LUMPUR: National top girls' singles shuttler Ong Xin Yee survived a scare before checking into the last 16 of the Asian Junior Championships on Thursday.

The 17-year-old dug deep before overcoming Vietnam's Tran Thi Anh 18-21, 21-10, 21-17 at the Among Rogo Sports Hall in Yogjakarta, Indonesia.

Xin Yee, the eighth seed, will have to step up her game when she faces Indonesian 16th seed Ruzana Ruzana for a place in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Ung Yi Xing and Siti Zulaikha Azmi made it three Malaysians in the last 16.

Yi Xing exacted sweet revenge on Thailand's Saranporn Sombutwatthananukool with a hard-earned 21-19, 19-21, 21-16 win.

Saranporn defeated the Malaysian 21-15, 21-9 when Thailand thrashed Malaysia 3-0 in the mixed team quarter-finals.

Yi Xing will take on top seed Tomoka Miyazaki on Friday.

Zulaikha, meanwhile, outplayed Indonesia's Azzahra Melani Arjisetya 21-13, 21-19 to set up a last-16 clash against second seed Sirada Roongpiboonsopit of Thailand.

The only third-round casualty was Carine Tee after she lost 21-8, 21-10 to India's Rakshitta Sree Ramraj.

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