National junior Ong Zhen Yi is determined to finish amongst the top two in the group despite losing his boys singles Group A match this morning against Justin Hoh on Day 2 of the Internal Junior Ranking tournament.
Zhen Yi will have to contend with the likes of Justin and Eogene Ewe Eon for the top two slots. It will be a battle to the wire as all three juniors are tied at four points each.
The 17-year-old Zhen Yi was unable to maintain his 100 percent record after going down to Justin 21-19, 15-21, 12-21 in one of the 18 matches held at the Akademi Badminton Malaysia this morning.
“The two matches I played yesterday were intense but I tried hard today and gave it my best. I was not thinking about the group standings and just wanted to focus on each match as it comes,” Zhen Yi said. “I will try to finish among the top two but I need to be consistent in every match as there are six matches to play.”
Eogene, who won two matches as did Zhen Yi yesterday, lost for the first time in the tournament following his loss to Chia Jeng Hon 21-12, 21-15.
The action in Group B was intense with three players, Jan Jireh Lee, Muhd Adam Shaz dan Anson Cheong sharing four points apiece behind leader Rex Hooi Shao Herng. Jireh Lee downed Dylan Ooi 21-9, 21-12 while Adam Shaz was pushed to three sets before winning 21-17, 10-21, 21-14 against Lok Hong Quan.
Anson picked up a second win for himself with a straight-set 21-8, 21-15 win over Low Han Cheng.
“I was able to control the game well in the early stages but was under pressure in the second set. But I regained my rhythm in the decider. Of course, I want to win all my matches whether it is in the singles or doubles,” said Adam.
In Group C, Aaron Tai topped the charts with maximum points after winning all three of his matches including this morning’s encounter against Yeow Chun Cher which he won 21-13, 23-21.
Meanwhile, in the girls’ singles, Siti Nurshuhaini Azman, Tang Zhin Yi and Ong Xin Yee remained unbeaten after two matches.
Siti Nurshuhaini defeated Loh Zhi Wei 21-16, 21-12 while Tan Zhing Yi claimed a straight 21-19, 21-17 win against Chan Wen Tse.
The 15-year-old Xin Yee earned some attention today when she managed to defeat Joanne Ng May Yin 22-20, 21-17 and prove that she was able to take on the others in Group A.
“I am focussing one game at a time and tomorrow I will deliver my best against Siti Nurshuhaini,” said Xin Yee.
Group B was dominated by Siti Zulaikha Muhd Azmi who has four points from two victories.
In Group C, Chong Jie Yu and Tan Zhing Hui won their respective matches this morning to occupy the two top spots with four points each.
Meanwhile, in the boys’ doubles, Rayner Beh Chun Meng-Goh Boon Zhe recorded their second win of the tournament when they defeated Bryan Jeremy-Muhd Fazriq Mohd Razif 24-22, 21-9.
RESULTS (Morning session)
Chua Kim Sheng bt Poopathi Velayutham 21-13, 17-21, 21-19
Justin Hoh bt Ong Zhen Yi 19-21, 21-15, 21-12
Chia Jeng Hon bt Eogene Ewe Eon 21-12, 21-15
Anson Cheong bt Low Han Chen 21-8, 21-15
Jan Jireh Lee bt Dylan Ooi 21-9, 21-12
Muhammad Adam Shaz bt Lok Hong Quan 21-17, 10-21, 21-14
Hanz Haiqal bt Kang Khai Xing – walkover
Aaron Tai bt Yeow Chun Cher 21-13, 23-21
Lee Yen Wei – Kong Teck Joon 17-21, 26-24, 21-18
Goh Boon Zhe-Rayner Beh Chun Meng bt Bryan Jeremy-Muhammad Fazriq
Choi Jian Sheng-Wong Vin Sean bt Liew Xun-Mohamed Faris Amrin
18-21, 25-23, 21-19
Siti Nurshuhaini bt Loh Zhi Wei 21-16, 21-12
Tan Zhing Yi bt Chan Wen Tse 21-19, 21-17
Ong Xin Yee bt Joanne Ng May Yin 22-20, 21-17
Siti Zulaikha bt Carmen Ting 21-16, 21-17
Oo Shan Zi bt Lim Yi Wei 21-7, 18-21, 21-17
Adiyna Anuar bt Lai Ting Cen 23-21, 21-19