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Leong Jun Hao has a pacy target at the game

By: Esme
Date: 09 Jun, 2018
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The 18- year old Malaysian singles Badminton player Leong Jun Hao has a pacy target to up his game.


The world No.77 gave his Thomas Cup debut recently and has already set his target to reach the world top 50 within the next few months.


 A week after Malaysia’s quarter finals game in the Finals in Bangkok, Jun’s rank has moved from No.94 to No.77 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF)’s world rankings.


He has a US Open in Fullerton from June 12th-17th and he hopes to go to better ranks after that event.

 

 When asked about his plans, “To achieve that, I must reach at least the quarter-finals in every World Tour event that I take part in. I also want to reach the finals of the International Challenge and International Series tournaments. Ultimately, I want to be ranked high enough to play in top-tier tournaments next year” said the Champion.

 

After joining the senior ranks, the shuttler has impressed the Badminton arena by finishing as runners-up in the Malaysian International Challenge last November.


Also won the Thailand Masters in January before he scored victory at the Finnish Open in April.


His next target is clearly the US Open and Jun Hao is confident about having a good game there. If he can overcome fourth seed Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand in the first round, he can go up in the table real quick, just as he aimed for.


If he cleared the first round, he should get a little comfortable and easy in beating Vietnamese Pham Cao Cuong or Jason Anthony Ho-Shue of Canada in the second round.


While talking about the upcoming challenge, he said that  he hasn’t met Khosit before but he is confident that he can beat him if he brings out his “A-game”.


 “It gives me goosebumps just to recall the moment, to be part of a tournament of the highest level played in a packed stadium. I’ve certainly learned a thing or two throughout the week.”


“It’s amazing to see how the top players manage their game and handle the pressure on big occasions. Now I know what it takes to deal with such an atmosphere.” Said the World Junior runner-up Jun Hao, while asked about the recent Thomas Cup outing.

 


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