Wong Qiao Shi (KL) Bt Adrienne Chan Yi Ning (SK)
There was plenty to cheer for the home fans when Pahang’s Wan Ermah Shafri Wan Ezremy Shaqir kept the state flag flying in the Boys’ Under-14 singles in the 100PLUS National Junior Circuit Zone A in Kuantan on Wednesday.
Wan Ermah toppled top seed Ernest Lee Zi Yang of Perak in straight games 21-12, 21-8 in the second round in 25 minutes to book his place in the quarter-finals. He will meet Sabah’s Elvestly Daniel Edry in the last eight.
And Sabah stole the show with Elvestly leading five other Sabahans – James Carlester Cleve, Amirul Mohd Taufiq, Andrew Aguwell and second seed Azhawari Hanz Haiqal – into the quarter-finals.
With Azahawari facing Andrew and James facing Amirul in all-Sabah quarter-finals the East Malaysians are assured of two semi-final slots. It could be three for Sabah if Elvestly can stop Wan Ermah in his quarter-final tie.
The other quarter-final is between Edward Cheong Yan Kai of Perak and Penang’s Lee Jian.
Sabah also enjoyed a good run in the Girls’ Under-16 with top seed Samin Arena Satu making the the quarter-finals together with Wong Bin Jie and Yap Velerry.
Pahang’s hopes in this category rests on Tan Jet Sin who downed Penang’s Tan Xian Zon 21-15, 21-9.
Perak’s Vibiana Vincent Ravindran pulled off an upset when she packed off second seeded Tan Zhing Yi of Penang to reach the quarter-finals where she will meet Yap Velerry.
In the Boys’ Under-16 Samin Demond Anthony and Mozes Mohd Hamizan of Sabah reached the quarter-finals to stay in the hunt.
Top seed Samuel Lee together with Mehgulan Harikrishnan, Goh Boon Zhe and Wah Jia Wei reached the last eight to keep Penang’s flag flying in the category. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH