* Champions Selangor and runners-up Penang roar to 7-0 wins over
Sarawak and Pahang respectively
Penang are hell bent on winning this year’s 100PLUS National Junior Inter-State mixed team title after a heart breaking 4-3 defeat to Selangor in last year’s final.
The Penang team want to win it badly for their ace in the pack Cheam June Wei who will not be eligible for next year’s tournament. Many feel, including June Wei himself, it would have been a different story if he had played in the singles.
He asked to be excused from the singles as he was tired after arriving back in the country from an international tournament. Instead, June Wei asked to play in the mixed doubles to conserve energy.
This year’s 100PLUS Under-18 mixed team got underway at the the NSCRC Hall in Seremban on Thursday as Selangor and Penang got off to a roaring start with 7-0 win over Sarawak and Pahang respectively.
Surprisingly June Wei did not play in the singles but instead he was paired up with Lim Ru Guat in the mixed doubles and ran out 21-15, 25-23 win over Ng Tony Rich-Tan Hor Ee in 24 minutes.
Penang coach Razlan Abdullah was quick to explain that June Wei is not being rested from the singles.
“It is a team event and we will rotate for the coming matches. He is our trump card and we want to win title for him as a farewell as he will not be eligible next year. In a way we lost the final last year because June Wei did no play in the final.
“We have come with a strong team and we want to go one better this year,” said Razlan after Penang’s easy win over Pahang in a Group B match.
Selangor are the top seeds and drawn in Group A together with Malacca and Sarawak. Second seeds Penang are also in a three-team Group B with Perak and Pahang. Groups C and D have four teams each. Kedah, Sabah, Johor and Kelantan are in Group C while Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu and Perlis make up Group D.
In other matches Kedah upset Johor in Group C while Sabah handed Kelantan a 6-1 beating while Negri outplayed Perlis 7-0 and Kuala Lumpur thumped Terengganu 6-1 in Group D ties.
Selangor beat Sarawak 7-0
Muhammad Izzuddin Shamsul beat Aaron Chieng Jin Yu 21-13, 21-15
Kelvin Ng beat Wilson Lau Ngie Ding 19-21, 21-17, 21-17
Low Hang Yi-Muhammad Syazmil Idham beat Kam Sing Siong-Owen Ting Shih Wee
Thinaah Muralithiran beat Kristy Tay Yong 21-13, 21-10
Saranya beat Kourtney Kho Ker Yin 21-11, 21-18
Eng Pui Yee-Lee Zhi Qing beat Kam Wei Li-Vivienne Kua Yun Jen 21-23, 21-10, 21-16
Teoh Mei Xing-Woon Man Hung beat Kam Sing Siong-Vivienne Kua Yun Jen
Penang beat Pahang 7-0
Sim Fong Hau beat Mohd Fariz Imran Asmadi
Yeoh Seng Zoe beat Mohd Iqbal Roslan 21-12, 21-7
Ching Jakie-Tan Jia Wei beat Iqmal Syakirin Kamaluddin 21-8, 21-15
Kong Yi Jin beat Loh Xin Ji 21-8, 21-8
Lee Shun Mei beat Gan Jing Err 21-17, 21-14
Lim Jee Lynn-Ooi Shi Han beat Loh Xin Yi-Tan Hor Ee 21-10, 21-12
Cheam June Wei-Lim Ru Guat beat Ng Tony Rich-Tan Hor Ee 21-15, 25-23
Sabah beat Kelantan 6-1
Sembilan beat Perlis 7-0
Kuala Lumpur beat Terengganu 6-1