Hosts Melaka, Kedah, and Negri Sembilan won three titles each in the National Junior Circuit (2nd-leg) in Division Two held in Melaka while in Pahang swept seven titles in Kuantan in Division Three in the final held on Sunday.
It was an all-Melaka final in the Boys’ Under-16 final with Ng Yaw Pin retaining his title with a 21-10, 23-21 win over teammate A. Thaanesh Devar while Negri Sembilan’s Vanessa Ng Po Lyn, the number two seed, upset Melaka’s top seed, Tan Yan Yi 21-14, 12-21, 21-17 for the Girls’ Under-16 singles crown.
Sarawak retained the Boys’ Under-16 doubles title when top seeds Pui Wee Young-Radzien Jawharee Jemain went through the full distance to prevail 21-16, 15-21, 21-16 against second seeds, Kok Jia Cheng-Faris Amrin Roslan of Kedah.
Kedah celebrated victory in the Girls’ Under-16 doubles when second seeds B. Pannimaller-K. Yeshveeni turned the tables on top seeds and defending champions – Perak’s Chew siblings – Jia Hui and Jia Wern – prevailing 14-21, 21-17, 21-18 victory and revenge for their defeat in the final in the first-leg in Alor Setar in March.
Perak won the Boys’ singles and doubles in the Under-14 category with Muhd Al-Imrab Jasni clinching a double. In the singles, he upset compatriot and top seed Ng Jhi Hao 21-18, 21-19. They later teamed up for the doubles title, defeating Sarawak’s Darrent Lim Lian Zhan-Muhammad Iqbal Asyraf 21-18, 21-11.
Negri Sembilan was also double winners Girls’ Under-14. Top seed Chew Tze Teng won the singles with a 15-21, 21-7, 21-13 win over Perak’s second seed Vannee Gobi and later partnered Ang Jia Yee for the doubles title, defeating Kedah’s Syarela Abdul Halim-A. Sahanaa 21-13, 22-20.
In Kuantan, defending Boy’s Under-16 champion Goo Vie Keat of Kelantan was dethroned – going down to teammate Azim Izzudin Rosli who won 15-21, 21-19, 21-19 in a 60-minute thriller.
Pahang’s Evelyn Ng Yan Yi was the toast of the team. She made up for her defeat in the first-leg Putrajaya when the top seed beat compatriot and second seed Tan Jet Sin 21-12, 21-18 in the singles final.
Yan Yi and jet sin later teamed up to retain the doubles title after a tough 55-minute battle to subdue Terengganu’s second seeds Nur Balqis Md Kher-Nur Hanis Sofea Zaki 18-21, 21-19, 21-18.
Putrajaya clinched a double in Kuantan with Azhar Adam Danish taking the singles title with a 21-13, 21-1 win over Terengganu’s Khew Sayan in the Boys’ Under-14. Azhar, however, failed in his bid for a double when he and Mazehan Amirul Amin were beaten 17-21, 18-21 in by compatriots Huan Kai Hern-Ng Song Jie in the doubles final.