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October 11, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Malaysia's Chan Chong Meng showed that he is probably the best of the up-and-coming crop of doubles players when he captured both the men's doubles and the mixed doubles titles at the 1998 world junior badminton championships that ended today in Melbourne, Australia. Chan had also won the men's doubles crown at the 1996 world junior tournament in Denmark. With his two titles today and the one he won in 1996, Chan is the only player to ever win three world junior championships.

In today's men's doubles final, Chan and partner Teo Kok Seng defeated Jiang Shan and Cai Yun of China 15-7 and 15-3 in a match that took a little over a half-hour. The two pairs played evenly in the early and middle parts of the first game. With the score at 9-7 in favor of the Malaysians, the attack of the power-hitting left-hander Chan and teammate Teo began to overwhelm the Chinese defenses. The Malaysians then scored six unanswered points to take the first set.

In the second set, the play of Chan and Teo was vastly superior to Jiang and Cai. The Malaysians raced to an insurmountable 9-0 advantage before the Chinese duo was able to score their first point, and easily won the game 15-3.

In the mixed doubles final, Chan and partner Joanna Quay (Swee Ling) beat Choi Min Ho and Lee Hyo Jung of Korea 15-6 and 15-10. Once more, it was Chan's lefthanded power that spelled the difference, specially when the Malaysians directed their attack on Lee Hyo Jung, the female player on the Korean side.

In the men's singles championship match, the unseeded Chinese player Zhang Yang completed a series of upset victories when he beat third-seed Yeoh Bin Kay of Malaysia 15-10 and 17-14. On his way to the title, Zhang had previously defeated eleventh-seed Sachin Ratti of India in the third round, second-seed Lee Hyun Il of Korea in the quarterfinals and the thirteenth-seed Rasidi Arief of Indonesia in the semifinals.

Women's singles top seed Gong Ruina of China came back from a terrible first game and a very tight second set to beat teammate Hu Ting in today's final 3-11, 13-10 and 11-7.

Gong was not able to pull off a second title win in the women's doubles. She and partner Huang Sui, seeded first, were beaten by teammates Zhang Jiewen and Xie Xingfang 15-3, 13-15 and 10-15.

Results of Friday's quarterfinals, yesterday's semifinals and today's finals:

Chen Yu (China) d. Endra Feriyanto (Indonesia) 15-7, 15-3
Yeoh Bin Kay (Malaysia) d. Xiao Li (China) 15-4, 15-10
Rasidi Arief (Indonesia) d. Ng Wei (Hong Kong) 9-15, 15-9, 15-3
Zhang Yang (China) d. Lee Hyun Il (Korea) 15-13, 15-12

Yeoh Bin Kay (Malaysia) d. Chen Yu (China) 15-12, 15-12
Zhang Yang (China) d. Rasidi Arief (Indonesia) 10-15, 15-4, 15-9

Zhang Yang (China) d. Yeoh Bin Kay (Malaysia) 15-10, 17-14

Gong Ruina (China) d. Xiao Luxi (Singapore) 11-0, 11-6
Dong Fang (China) d. Ling Wan Ting (Hong Kong) 11-4, 13-11
Rong Yi (China) d. Tine Hoy (Denmark) 11-2, 11-5
Hu Ting (China) d. Lee Hyo Jung (Korea) 11-9, 11-8

Gong Ruina (China) d. Dong Fang (China) 11-4, 11-8
Hu Ting (China) d. Rong Yi (China) 11-5, 11-4

Gong Ruina (China) d. Hu Ting (China) 3-11, 13-10, 11-7

Chan Chong Meng/Teo Kok Seng (Malaysia) d. Fang Po-Ching/Chen Chun-chi (Taiwan) 11-15, 15-7, 15-8
Choi Min Ho/Jung Sung Gyun (Korea) d. Donny Prasetyo/Setiawan (Indonesia) 15-12, 15-11
Sudek Prapakamol/Patapol Ngernsiuk (Thailand) d. Hendry K. Saputra/Wandry K. Saputra (Indonesia) 15-4, 17-14
Jiang Shan/Cai Yun (China) d. Mathias Boe/Kasper K. Jensen (Denmark) 15-1, 15-5

Chan Chong Meng/Teo Kok Seng (Malaysia) d. Choi Min Ho/Jung Sung Gyun (Korea) 15-6, 15-5
Jiang Shan/Cai Yun (China) d. Sudek Prapakamol/Patapol Ngernsiuk (Thailand) 13-15, 15-2, 15-10

Chan Chong Meng/Teo Kok Seng (Malaysia) d. Jiang Shan/Cai Yun (China) 15-7, 15-3

Gong Ruina/Huang Sui (China) d. Lin Hsiao-Hu/Kung Ya-Tzu (Taiwan) 15-3, 15-9
Vita Marisa/Eny Widowati (Indonesia) d. Miyo Akao/Satoko Suetsuna (Japan) 15-8, 15-11
Zhang Jiewen/Xie Xingfang (China) d. Chien Hsui-Lin/Chen Weng-Hsin (Taiwan) 15-3, 15-13
Lee Hyo Jung/Jun Woul Sik (Korea) d. Petra Overzier/Anne Hoenscheid (Germany) 15-9, 15-11

Gong Ruina/Huang Sui (China) d. Vita Marisa/Eny Widowati (Indonesia) 17-15, 15-13
Zhang Jiewen/Xie Xingfang (China) d. Lee Hyo Jung/Jun Woul Sik (Korea) 17-16, 15-1
Zhang Jiewen/Xie Xingfang (China) d. Gong Ruina/Huang Sui (China) 3-15, 15-13, 15-10

Jiang Shan/Huang Sui (China) d. Robert Frenk/Lois Cuppen (Netherlands) 15-10, 15-5
Choi Min Ho/Lee Hyo Jung (Korea) d. Hendry K. Saputra/Erly Erlangga (Indonesia) 15-11, 15-6
Cai Yun/Xie Xingfang (China) d. Mathias Boe/Karina Sorensen (Denmark) 15-10, 14-17, 15-4
Chan Chong Meng/Joanna (Swee Ling) Quay (Malaysia) d. Xue Fanghao/Lu Pingfang (China) 15-3, 15-5

Choi Min Ho/Lee Hyo Jung (Korea) d. Jiang Shan/Huang Sui (China) 15-11, 15-6
Chan Chong Meng/Joanna (Swee Ling) Quay (Malaysia) d. Cai Yun/Xie Xingfang (China) 15-4, 15-3

Chan Chong Meng/Joanna (Swee Ling) Quay (Malaysia) d. Choi Min Ho/Lee Hyo Jung (Korea) 15-6, 15-10

(Complete world junior results may be found on New Shuttlenws).