KUALA LUMPUR: Muhd Fazriq Razif wants to emulate his father Datuk Razif Sidek by playing in the senior team in the next three years.
And the 13-year-old showed he was on the right track when he bagged the boys’ Under-15 doubles title with Ong Zhen Yi at the Badminton Asia Under-17 and Under-15 Junior tournament in Yangon, Myanmar, yesterday.
It was Fazriq’s first international title in the Under-15 category.
He also bagged a bronze in the Under-15 singles event after losing to eventual champion Riki Takei of Japan 10-21, 21-8, 14-21 in the semi-finals on Saturday.
The title yesterday was his second at international level after winning the boys’ Under-13 doubles title at the Yonze Banthongyord Championships in Bangkok when he was 11 in 2015.
He also did well this year to reach the semi-finals of the Under-15 singles at the Smiling Fish Satellite tournament in Trang this year.
In the local tournament, Fazriq won the singles Under-14 crown at the National Junior Circuit Grand Prix Finals in Kuala Terengganu in July.
“I give myself another three years. I want to play in senior tournaments when I’m 18. My father and uncle (Datuk Jalani Sidek) won the All-England doubles title when they were 18 and 19,” said Fazriq.
“I want to try and emulate that.
“I’m happy to win the title with Zheng Yi. Our combination is getting better with every tournament.
“My pet event is the singles but I started my career as a doubles player and went on to win the National Schools (MSSM) doubles title (with Justin Hoh) when I was 11.”
For now, Fazriq just want to play in as many tournaments as possible.
“It’ll give me valuable experience. I’m also going all out to win junior ranking points,” added the Form One student of Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).
Boys’ singles: Riki Takei (Jpn) bt Puritat Arree (Tha) 13-21,
Boys’ doubles: Muhd Fazriq Mohd Razif-Ong Zhen Yi (Mas) bt Lin Haochi-Wen Sheng-hao (Tpe) 21-18, 21-16.
Girls’ singles: Samiya Imad Farooqui (Ind) bt Widjaja Stephani (Ina) 15-21, 21-17, 21-19.
Girls’ doubles: Pornpicha Choeikeewong-Pornnicha Suwatanodom (Tha) bt Krittaporn Jiantanet-Sasikarn Piyawatcharavijit (Tha) 21-11, 23-21.
Mixed doubles: Muhd Ridwanul Arifin-Fadillah Nur Hidayah (Ina) bt Wisa Srisuriya-Pornnicha Suwatanodom (Tha) 22-20, 21-16.
Boys’ singles: Kunlavut Vitidsarn (Tha) bt Ooi Jhy Dar (Mas) 21-6, 21-8.
Boys’ doubles: Cheng Kai-wen-Chiu Yuh-hong (Tpe) bt Jacky Kok Jing Hong-Ooi Jhy Dar (Mas) 21-18, 21-16.
Girls’ singles: Pattarasuda Chaiwan (Tha) bt Riko Gunji (Jpn) 21-5, 21-15.
Girls’ doubles: Putri Larasati-Melanni Mamahit (Ina) bt Kelly LarissaShelandry Vyola (Ina) 21-14, 21-15.
Mixed doubles: Ko Shing Hei-Yeung Pui Lam (Hkg) bt Leo Rolly CarnandoMetya Inayah Cindiani (Ina) 21-10, 21-19.