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Star student Wei Sheng out to score top marks in badminton

KUALA LUMPUR: Singles shuttler Loh Wei Sheng was the top performer among his peers when the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results were announced last week.

And the 18-year-old Wei Sheng, who top scored with 7As and 3Bs, also wants to be the best in badminton, starting with the ongoing Asian Junior Championships.

Yesterday, he showed that he is capable of excelling in both when he lived up to the role of the first singles player in the tie against Hong Kong in the final Group B match at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

He overcame a nervous start to beat Ng Ka Long 21-18, 21-9 in 28 minutes to inspire defending champions Malaysia to a 5-0 win over Hong Kong and book a place in the semi-finals as group champions.

Today, Malaysia will take on Thailand, who beat India 3-1 in the quarter-finals.

The 18-year-old Wei Sheng said he wanted his final year as a junior player to be a memorable one.

"I did not play in the mixed team event last year. It took me some time to get used to playing as the first singles here," he said.

In the opening match against Uzbekistan on Sunday, Malaysia had fielded the more experienced Zulfadli Zulkifli as the first singles player.

"I have been juggling my time between studies and badminton since joining BJSS (Bukit Jalil Sports School) in November 2007. Unfortunately, there has not been any outstanding result from me yet in badminton," said Wei Sheng, who aspires to be an engineer.

"My mother (Lim Ber Hoon) is a teacher so I have no choice but to study hard," added Wei Sheng in jest.

"But my first love is still badminton. Now, I can devote more time to making myself a better player."

The Negri Sembilan lad said that he had improved since training under Wong Tat Meng for the last two years and vowed to make his mark in the individual event, which will begin tomorrow.

"I lost early in my two previous outings in the individual event.

"This time, I aim to reach at least the semi-finals.

"Hopefully, I can emulate my favourite player, Lee Chong Wei, one day," he said.

"But first, I hope our team will do well in the semi-finals."

Top seeds China also booked a place in the semi-finals after emerging as the Group A champions. They will now face Indonesia, who scored an upset 3-0 win over South Korea in the quarter-finals.

Source from The Star Online

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