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Jia Min Flies In Europe Circuit
2017 European Junior Circuit: Yonex Dutch Junior, German Junior
Yeo Jia Min flew Singapore’s flag high on 5 March 2017 when she defeated No. 2 Seed Pattarasuda Chaiwan of Thailand 21-16, 21-15 within 35 minutes in the 2017 Yonex Dutch Junior Women’s Singles Final.
The No. 1 seeded Singaporean’s progress to the top of the podium was nearly disrupted by Park Ga Eun in the Round of 16. She suffered a scare when her South Korean opponent claimed the first set of the match with a quick 21-11. Undaunted by her opponent’s attacks and motivated by the challenge posed, Jia Min fought back stronger to win 21-17, 21-18 in the next two sets and advance into the Quarter-Finals.
A week after clinching the Dutch Junior crown, the Singapore Sports School shuttler who is ranked No. 2 on Badminton World Federation’s World Junior Women’s Singles list, stood on the podium again at the Yonex German Junior on 12 March. In the Final, Jia Min was unable to overcome Japan’s Hirari Mizui in a hard-fought match, losing 20-22, 19-21. The German Junior silver medal was her second podium finish in as many contests in the European Junior Circuit.
"I'm happy and thankful for the opportunity to represent Singapore and do her proud yet again. I know I have the continuous support of many people and I am grateful for that, and will continue giving my best to become a better and more consistent player."
Jia Min’s victory in the Dutch Junior was her third international Under 19 title. She won her first professional title at the 2016 Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix and followed with another at the Yonex Sunrise Junior Grand Prix in July and September 2016 respectively.
The Sports School student-athlete is currently on Leave of Absence from school due to her intensive training and competition schedule as she prepares fly Singapore’s flag high at the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Southeast Asian Games.