KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are all set to face defending champions, China, in the quarter-finals of the mixed team event at badminton’s World Junior Championships in Markham, Canada.
On Tuesday, Malaysia secured their place as Group B winners after thrashing Poland 5-0 in their third match.
Former world junior champion, Goh Jin Wei, was once again paired with Yap Roy King in the mixed doubles. And the 18-year-old did not disappoint, when she and her partner delivered the first point by seeing off Julia Plawecka-Mikolaj Wrzalik 21-6, 21-5.
The other Malaysians who took to the courts were boys' singles Ng Tze Yong, girls' singles Eoon Qi Xuan, boys' doubles Chia Wei Jie-Chua Yue Chern and girls' doubles Pearly Tan-Toh Ee Wei.
While admitting that China are clear favourites, coach Kwan Yoke Meng is quietly hoping for his charges to upset the 13-time champions, especially after losing to them in the final of the previous two editions.
"After losing twice to them in the last two years, we are looking forward to the rematch.
"Unfortunately, we have been drawn to play them in the quarter-finals. However, to be champions, you need to be ready to face anyone all the time.
"Clearly China are favourites, but it is up to us to make the difference. Our team spirits are at a high, we are not afraid to face them," said Yoke Meng.