Another Wong joins the fray

Another Wong joins the fray
Jason Wong harbours hopes to turn professional, like his brother Derek, one day.

The youngest member of Singapore's most famous badminton family made his first steps into top-level senior competition at the OUE Singapore Open yesterday.

And while national junior shuttler Jason Wong, 16, failed to get past the mixed doubles qualifying rounds with Citra Dewi Sari, he took the defeat in stride.

"Even though we lost, my partner and I surpassed our own expectations for the match," said the Republic Polytechnic sports science student after they had lost 18-21, 13-21 to Indonesia's pairing of Muhammad Rijal and Vita Marissa at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

"We were expecting to get only 16 points from our opponents but we managed to earn 18 points off them in our first game.

"I was told by my coach to join this competition to gain exposure so, hopefully in future, I'll get better when I play in more of such tournaments."

Nevertheless, Jason's exit meant that he is unable to join his eldest brother Derek, 25, in the main draw of the Open, which starts today.

He is the youngest of four sons of Wong Shoon Keat, Singapore's last SEA Games men's singles badminton champion back in 1983.

His mother Irene was also a national champion.

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