Penang’s Yeoh Seng Zoe is the new Boys’ Under-18 singles champion in the 100PLUS National Junior Circuit Finals when he stopped giant killer Tan Jia Wei in straight sets 21-19, 21-10 in the final at the Kedah Badminton Association (KBA) Hall in Alor Setar on Saturday.
It was Seng Zoe’s first win over Jia Wei in six meetings. Jia had toppled defending champion Chin Wai Kin in the semi-finals on Friday.
“I was mentally stronger today to face Jia Wei. It is my first win six meetings and winning the Under-18 is certainly sweet as I had lost to him in the quarter-finals in the Perak Open last month,” Seng Zoe after his win.
His coach Razlan Abdullah said another contributing factor in Seng Zoe’s win was his “patience and and game control” which rattled Jia Wei.
The Girls’ Under-18 title went to Thinaah Muralitharan (Bjss/Sel) who rallied from a set down to win 12-21, 21-19, 21-17 in a 49 minute battle. The win made up for the disappointment of finishing runners-up in the Under-16 – losing to Ng Qi Xuan in the final.
“I took time to get my footing on the slippery court. But once I won the second set to force a rubber I got my rhythm and confidence,” said Thinaah who won the Under-12 and Under-14 title previously.
Qi Xuan (Bjss/NS) was in her element to retain her Under-16 title but far from happy in her 21-14, 16-21, 21-18 over Ng Wan Win (Bjss/Sel) in the final.
“Retaining the title is one thing but I am not happy that I had to play three sets. However, I was hampered my right shoulder injury,” said Qi Xuan, who won the Division Two title in the Perak Open last month.
In the battle of Bukit Jalil in the Under-16 Boys’ singles final Muhammad Shafiq Iqbal was too strong for Sim Fong Hau with a straight sets 21-16, 21-13 win.
Negri Sembilan’s Chen Jia Huo-Chen Tang Jie took the Boys’ Under-18 doubles title when they brushed aside Lew Ming Hui-Nur Izuddin Romasani of Johor 21-15, 21-19.
RESULTS (ALL FINALS)
Yeoh Seng Zoe (Pg) beat Tan Jia Wei (Bjss/Pg) 21-19, 21-10
Muhammad Shafiq Iqbal (Bjss/Sel) beat Sim Fong Hau (Bjss/Pg) 21-16, 21-13
Muhammad Syahmi Irfan (Bjss/KD) beat Yap Roy King (Bjss/Joh) 27-25, 21-16
Chia Jeng Hong (Pah) beat Kenny Khew Han Yang (Sel) 21-16, 17-21, 21-19
Chen Jia Huo-Chen Tang Jie (NS) beat Lew Ming Hui-Nur Izuddin Romsani (Joh) 21-15, 21-19
Chia Wei Jie-Tee Kai Wun (Bjss/KL-Bjss/Mal) beat Boon Xin Xuan (Bjss/Mal-Bjss/PS) 15-21, 21-18, 21-17
Chua Yue Chern-Leong Jun Kai (KL) beat Lee Shun Yang-Tan Yi Han (Pg) 24-22, 15-21, 21-17
Goh Boon Zhe-Ong Zhen Yi (Pg) beat Kenny Khew Han Yang-Wong Vin Sean (Sel) 20-22, 22-20, 21-10
Thinaah Muralitharan (Bjss/Sel) beat Yap Yee (Joh) 12-21, 21-19, 21-17
Ng Qi Xuan (Bjss/NS) beat Ng Wai Win (Bjss/Sel) 21-14, 16-21, 21-18
Dyvylyn Saha (KL) beat Kasturi Radhakrishnan (Sel) 12-21, 22-20, 21-10
Lee Zhi Qing-Teoh Mei Xing (Sel) beat Anna Cehong Ching Yik (Bjss/Mal)-Desiree Siow Hao Shan (Bjss/PK) 24-24, 18-21, 21-18
Toih Ee Wei-Yap Ling (Bjss/Mal) beat Ng Wan Win- (Bjss/Sel)-Pearly Tan Koong Le (Bjss/Ked) 21-17, 22-20
Gan Jin Err-Tan Min Er (Bjss/PH-Bjss/Joh) beat Erica Hoh Ji Ling-Nur Syaza Roshidi (Bjss/KL-Bjss/KD) 21-16, 21-18
Erika Vallensia-Ho Sing Yen (Swk) beat B. Pannimaller-K. Yeshveenii (Ked) 21-14, 21-13