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Gregoria Mariska keeps Indonesia's hopes alive in women's singles in world junior championships

Oct 21st, 2017
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She is unwell but Indonesia's rising start Gregoria Mariska remains Indonesia's best bet in the women's singles in the World Junior Championships in Yogjakarta after she made the semi-finals.


The semi-finals assured Mariska, who is a victim of the flu bug, and Indonesia of the bronze medal but the colour of the medal could be different after earning a semi-final match against China's sixth seed and giant killer Cai Yanyan.


In the quarter-finals played at the Among Rogo Arena the Indonesian badminton darling notched a straight games 21-10, 21-13 win over compatriot and roommate Aurum Oktavia Winata in 27 minutes. Mariska is seeded fourth in the world championships. 


Yanyan pulled off a stunning upset when she toppled top seed and favourite Pattarasuda Chaiwan in the quarter-finals with a 21-19, 14-21, 22-20 win to reach the last four. 


Also through to the last four are Malaysia's 2015 junior world champion Goh Jin Wei, who is seeded fourth, and China's Asian Junior Under-19 champion Han Yue. Jin Wei defeated another Thai Chananchida Jucharoen 21-12, 21-5 while Han Yue outplayed compatriot Zhou Meng 21-13, 21-10.


Thailand, however, stayed on course for the men's singles title with top seed and recently crowned Asian Junior Under-17 champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn making the last four after a 25-23, 21-16 win over Japan's Takuma Obayashi.


Kunlavut will face China's Gao Zhengze in the semi-finals. The Chinese ended European hope Nguyen Nhat of Ireland with a 18-21, 21-18, 21-7 win in 56 minutes.


Malaysia's Asian Junior Under-19 champion Leong Jun Hao also kept his challenge alive when he downed French challenger Christo Popov in straight games 21-14, 21-12 and will face Japan's  Kodai Naraoka for a place in the final. The Japanese upset second seed Lakshya Sen of India 14-21, 21-17, 21-14 in a 63-minute battled.


In the mixed doubles Indonesia's third seeds Rehan Naufal Kushanjarto-Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti won 18-21, 21-14, 21-15 against Ng Eng Cheong-Toh Ee Wei to enter the semi-finals.    


QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS (SELECTED)

MEN'S SINGLES
Kunlavut Vitidsarn (Tha) beat Takuma Obayashi (Jpn) 25-23, 21-16
Goa Zhengze (Chn) beat Nguyen Nhat (Ire) 18-21, 21-18, 21-7
Kodai Naraoka (Jpn) beat Lakshya Sen (Ind) 14-21, 21-17, 21-14

WOMEN'S SINGLES
Cai Yanyan (Chn) beat Pattarasuda Chaiwan (Tha) 21-19, 14-21, 22-20
Han Yue (Chn) beat Zhou Meng (Chn) 21-13, 21-10
Goh Jin Wei (Mas) beat Chananchia Jucharoen (Tha) 21-12, 21-5
Gregoria Mariska (Ina) beat Aurum Oktavia Winata (Ina) 21-10, 21-13

MEN'S DOUBLES
Mahiro Kaneko-Yunosuke Kubota (Jpn) beat Kwek Yee Jian-Man Wei Chong (Mas) 21-15, 26-24

MIXED DOUBLES 
Rehan Naufal Kushanjarto-Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti (Ina) beat Ng Eng Cheong-Toh Ee Wei (Mas) 18-21, 21-14, 21-15

 


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