Two Malaysian pairs off to winning start in world junior badminton meet

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's makeshift mixed pairs Bryan Jeremy Goonting-Chan Wen Tse and Kang Khai Xing-Carmen Ting got off to a winning start in the opening round of the World Junior Championships in Spokane, United States yesterday.

Bryan-Wen Tse barely broke a sweat as they beat Ghana's Ady Amofa-Mosiena Ama Korama Adu 21-7, 21-5, while Kang Khai Xing-Carmen Ting strolled past Matus Polacek-Lea Vybochova of Slovakia 21-9, 21-11.

They will join compatriots Low Han Chen-Chong Jie Yu, the fourth seeds, in the second round today.

All three pairs are expected to reach the last-32 stage with relative ease.

Han Chen-Jie Yu will face Austria's Pascal Cheng-Chlara Rudolf, Khai Xing-Carmen to take on Casper Spaans-Florine Wille of the Netherlands while Bryan-Wen Tse meet Slovenia's Vid Koscak-Anja Blazina.

Bryan and Carmen's main events are in the boys' and girls' doubles respectively, where hopes are high on them to contend for a podium with Aaron Tai and Ong Xin Yee.

Bryan-Aaron are the tournament's fifth seeds while Carmen-Xin Yee are seeded seventh.

Confidence is running high in the Malaysian team after they won the country's first medal since 2017 in the mixed team event last week. They made it to the semi-finals before going down 3-0 to eventual winners China.

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