Malaysian teenage shuttler Goh Jin Wei believes she still has a lot of improving to do despite claiming her first senior singles title at the Belgian International Challenge on Saturday.
Jin Wei, 15, won 21-15, 21-18 against Scotland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour, 21, in the final in Leuven.
“A lot of people in Belgium think that I am great despite my young age but I think, there are many other youngsters who are way better than me. But this is surely a good and memorable start for me,” she said told thestar.com.my.
“There are many good young players from Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and China and I need to catch up.”
Jin Wei also recorded wins over fourth seed Natalia Koch Rohde and fifth seed Rong Schafer on her way to the final, where she was forced to battle back after going down early.
“When I was down, I kept reminding myself to keep on fighting. I wanted a breakthrough badly after losing in the semi-finals of several tournaments this year,” said the Singapore SEA Games bronze medallist.
“I must thank my coaches (Wong Tat Meng and Rony Agustinus) for their guidance and everyone for their support.
The victory saw Jin Wei claim the winner’s cheque of $1,500 (RM6,500), which she says she will use to pay to help pay for her studies and finance her badminton career.
She will be hope increase her winnings and continue her development at the Polish International Challenge in Bierun on Thursday.
“I am all energised for another good run. The win has given me loads of confidence,” Jin Wei added.
“Every tournament gives me new experience and I hope to be ready for the World Junior Championships (in Peru in November).”