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Jun Hao to avoid same mistake at world junior meet

KUALA LUMPUR: Reigning Asian junior champion Leong Jun Hao has learned a painful lesson ahead of the World Junior Championships in Yogjakarta, Indonesia from Oct 9-22.
Just months after winning the Asian junior title, Jun Hao suffered a shock 12-21, 21-12, 17-21 loss to Singapore’s Jason Teh Jia Heng in the first round of the Malaysia International Junior Open in Kangar, Perlis, two weeks ago.
The 18-year-old Jun Hao admitted that he was unable to cope with the pressure of being an Asian junior champion and top seed.
“I didn’t play well in the first round. I couldn’t handle the pressure. I’ve learnt my lesson from the defeat. I’ll be more prepared for the world junior meet.
“I’ll try to reach the semi-finals at the world junior meet,” said Jun Hao, who has been training with the national team at Academy Badminton Malaysian (ABM) under Datuk Misbun Sidek since January.
Kuala Lumpur SEA Games champion Goh Jin Wei will be aiming to win the girls’ singles title for the second time.
Jin Wei was 15 years old when she emerged as the country’s first girls’ world junior champion in Lima, Peru, in 2015.
Last year, she returned home without an individual medal from Bilbao, Spain.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) yesterday named 10 boys and nine girls for the world junior meet.
Last year, Malaysia won one silver medal (team) and two bronze medals – Lee Zii Jia in boys’ singles and Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei in mixed doubles.
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