CYBERJAYA (5 January 2019): Star studded Ampang Jaya Badminton Club (AJBC) ended the SSPL 2018/19 Stage 1 with a 100% record and in the process put one foot in the final round in Genting after a 15-3 demolition job on Serdang Badminton Club (Serdang BC) on the penultimate day of Stage 1 at the Gem In Mall, Cyberjaya today.
With this win, AJBC who won all seven matches are now provisionally top and now are almost guaranteed of one of the two automatic qualifying spots for Resorts World Genting.
One more spot will be determined between defending champions, Puchong United Badminton Club (PUBC) and Petaling Badminton Club (Petaling BC) in their tie tomorrow; while a high scoring draw might see AJBC miss out altogether and would have to go through the second stage next week.
“Right now we are on top, we have the advantage but it all depends on the Puchong United vs Petaling BC game tomorrow,” said manager, Ho Khek Mong.
“Finishing Stage 1 unbeaten, I would like to thank the sponsors and fans who have been with us all the way. Thank you for your support,” he added.
Opening men’s singles, Tan Jia Wei bounced back from his defeat to Riyanto Subagya against Bukit Mertajam All Stars Badminton Club (BMASBC), to contribute three points in a 3-0 (11-7, 11-9, 11-6).
National women’s number one, Goh Jin Wei ended Stage 1 with a perfect record, winning her sixth game in a row, this time 3-0 (11-10, 11-6, 11-8) over Wei Yawen from China for AJBC to lead 6-0.
Malaysian-Indonesian men’s doubles pair, Low Juan Shen-Lukhi Apri Nugroho extended AJBC’s lead to 9-0 when they dominated junior pair, Lwi Sheng Hao-Ong Wei Khoon, 3-0 (11-7, 11-8, 11-6).
Experienced mixed doubles pair, Chan Peng Soon-Shevon Lai Jemie made sure of the result after a titanic five game battle, pulling through 3-2 (11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 5-11, 5-4) for AJBC to go 12-2 up.
National number three, Lee Zii Jia, then put a gloss to an AJBC clean sweep, when he defeated China’s rising star, Wang Yihui, 3-1 (11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-10) for a 15-3 overall victory.
In a later match, Tebrau City Badminton Club (TCBC) notched up their second win of the season to end Stage 1 on a high, winning 12-3 against Bukit Mertajam All Stars Badminton Club (BMASBC) for a fifth place finish.
TCBC’s points were contributed by men’s singles shuttler, Ye Binghong from China, Xu Wei (women’s singles, China), Chung Yonny-Tam Chun Hei (men’s doubles, Hong Kong) and Yeoh Seng Zoe (men’s singles).