LEONG Jun Hao's victory in Jakarta on Sunday has broken the Great Wall’s dominance in the boys' singles at the Badminton Asia Junior Championships.
It saw China's stranglehold on the category come to an end after winning it for three years in a row from 2014-2016 through Shi Yuqi, Lin Guipu and Sun Feixiang.
The last Malaysian to win the title was Soo Teck Zhi in 2013.
Jun Hao admitted that he was affected by nerves in the second set of his 21-6, 20-22, 21-17 win over Bai Yupeng in the final.
"Overall, I did well in the first set but made some mistakes in the second as I tried to close out the match quickly," said the 18-year-old.
“But I managed to regroup, play to my own strategy and take the match.
"It feels great to have the Asian junior title. This win is for Malaysia, my coaches and also my family.”
Jun Hao, who has idolised Lee Chong Wei since his childhood, has now set his sights on the World Junior Championships.
"I hope winning the Asian Junior title will help me do the same at the World Juniors,” he said.
The World Junior Championships will be held in Yogjakarta, Indonesia on Oct 9-22. Jun Hao lost in the fourth round of the competition in Bilbao last year.
Translated from Harian Metro