Mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing have taken the top spot in the standings when they overcame a strong challenge by Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying to maintain a perfect 100% record in the BAM Invitational Championships here in Bukit Kiara.
But Kian Meng and Pei Jing did not have it all their way as Peng Soon-Liu Ying made it hard all the way to the finish before they were able to pick up their second win of the competition in a three-set battle 21-19, 16-21, 21-10.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing have picked up two points – the same as Peng Soon-Liu Ying but with the former having played a match less.
In Group B of the men’s doubles, Chen Tang Jie-Nurfirdaus Azman carved out their first win of the competition with a 23-21, 14-21, 21-15 victory over Chang Yee Jun-Chia Wei Jie.
Tang Jie-Firdaus are currently on fourth in the standings with one point – behind Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani.
Meanwhile, in the men’s singles, Lim Chong King was declared the winner following the pull-out of Soong Joo Ven due to injuries in the rubber set.
Joo Ven had taken the first set 16-21 before Chong King fought back to take the second set 21-16.
In the meantime, favourite Lee Zii Jia became the fourth player to withdraw from the competition after Goh Soon Huat, Liew Daren and Joo Ven.
RESULTS – NIGHT SESSION
Lee Zii Jia – Ng Tze Yong (walk over)
Lim Chong King – Soong Joo Ven (16-21,21-16, 3-0 (retired)
MEN’S DOUBLES – GROUP B
Chen Tang Jie / Nurfirdaus Azman – Chang Yee Jun / Chia Wei Jie (23-21, 14-21, 21-15)
Tan Kian Meng / Lai Pei Jing – Chan Peng Soon / Goh Liu Ying (21-19, 16-21, 21-10)