Badminton News: Freelance badminton player Cheam June Wei’s fighting quality at the Indonesia Masters tournament has earned him praise from his coach Nova Armada.
Yesterday, world number 47 June Wei passed two qualifying rounds to enter the real tournament.
In the first qualifying round, the 26-year-old struggled to defeat Japanese world number 45 Koki Watanabe 21-19, 7-21, 21-17 in an hour at Istora Senayan, Jakarta.
Then Cheam Wei picked up an impressive 21-18, 21-19 win over 2019 World Championships bronze medalist India B. Sai Praneeth in the second qualifying round.
“I’m satisfied with June Wei’s performance today (yesterday),” Nova said.
“He’s shown that his confidence is higher now and his stamina has increased. He still needs to improve his strength and power, but he’s on the right track.”
June Wei, however, has another tough task against Hong Kong’s world number 18 Angus Ng Ka Long in the first round of today’s tournament.
“It will be difficult against Angus because he is a good player. It also depends on June Wei’s ability to recover after playing two games in one day,” Nova said.
Meanwhile, there was also joy for Malaysia as independent men’s doubles duo Boon Xin Yuan-Wong Tien Ci entered the main draw with a 21-15, 21-19 win over Canadian duo Adam Dong -Nyl Yakura.
Xin Yuan/Tien Ci will then face fellow Malaysians and reigning world champions Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik.
Aaron/Wooi Yik received another boost after hitting a career-high No. 1. 2 at the last World Rankings.
In women’s doubles, world number 6 Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah was on their side as it took them just 27 minutes to defeat Singapore’s world number 24 Jin Yujia-Crystal Wong 21-8, 21-13.
Pearly-Thinaah will face independent pair Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien (#18) or Taiwanese pair Lee Chia-hsin-Teng Chun-hsun (#29), who are engaged in the next game for a quarter-final spot- of-time. finals.
Published by Ligaolahraga.com at https://www.ligaolahraga.com/badminton/nova-armada-puji-june-wei-yang-lolos-babak-utama-indonesia-masters-2023
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