Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) coach Kwan Yoke Meng. NSTP file pic

KUALA LUMPUR: As expected it was a smooth sailing for the Malaysian contingent in the opening round of the individual event at the Badminton Asia Junior Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday.

Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) coach Kwan Yoke Meng, when contacted, said it was still too early to celebrate but expressed his satisfaction with the performance of the junior shuttlers.

In the boys' singles, eighth seed Sim Fong Hau who received a first round bye saw off Myanmar's Aung Myo Htoo 21-16, 21-11 in the second and will face Uzbekistan's Temur Turakhonov on Thursday for a place in the fourth round.

Yoke Meng, when contacted said: "Most of our top players have yet to take to court because apart from the men's singles (draw of 128), the others will only play tomorrow as they have received first round byes.

"But looking at the performance of those who played today, I am satisfied."

In the girls' singles, only Lim Mei Chen failed to reach the second round after losing narrowly 20-22, 21-19, 21-19 to Thailand's Nuntakarn Aimsaard.

Her teammates Eoon Qi Xuan scored a 21-13, 21-12 win over Taiwan's Hung En Tzu and will face South Korea's Kim Seong Min next, while Eng Sin Jou thumped Mongolia's Gantsetseg Baatarsuren 21-5, 21-5 and will play Taiwan's Lin Sih Yun in the second round.

Other notable Malaysians who will take to court on Thursday are boys' doubles seventh seeds Chang Yee Jun-Ng Eng Cheong and girls' doubles fifth seeds Pearly Tan-Toh Ee Wei.

Eng Cheong-Ee Wei are also seeded fourth in the mixed doubles event.

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