KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will be banking on the doubles yet again to win honours in the World Junior Championships at Pune, India, from Oct 24-Nov 2.
Based on current performances and past results, all eyes will be on Asian Junior champions Mak Hee Chun-Teo Kok Siang to make a mark for Malaysia in the boys’ doubles event.
There is also hope for Hee Chun and Kok Siang to make it a double joy as they will also be competing in the mixed doubles with Vivian Hoo and Sannatasah Saniru respectively.
Hee Chun-Kok Siang are determined to end their junior career on high by getting it right at the third time of asking after their failure to achieve good results in the past two world junior outings.
Malaysia have never won a singles title in the world junior event but they have won several titles in the doubles through Lim Khim Wah-Ng Hui Lin (mixed doubles, 2007); Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How (boys’ doubles, 2004); Chan Chong Ming-Joanne Quay (mixed doubles, 1998); Chong Ming-Jeremy Gan (boys’ doubles, 1998); and Chong Ming-Teo Kok Seng (boys’ doubles, 1996).
National coach Jeremy Gan said it would be tough for Malaysia in the singles.
“We have always done well in the doubles and that’s where our chances look bright again. China and South Korea will be our main challengers,” said Jeremy.
In the boys’ singles, Asian junior quarter-finalists Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Mohd Syawal Mohd Ismail are not expected to go far.