KUALA LUMPUR (27 December 2017): There was no Christmas hangover as normal formalities resume for Puchong United Badminton Club (BC).
The current leaders showed why they are on top of the pile at the moment as they defeated Kepong BC 12-7 earlier today during their SS Purple League (SSPL) 2017/18 Phase 1 match at the Sports Arena Sentosa.
Puchong United BC’s Liew Daren and Lim Chi Wing of Kepong BC played to a 2-2 (11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11) draw in the first men’s singles before Aya Ohori broke the deadlock as she demolished her Japanese compatriot and Kepong BC’s Sugino Ayaho 3-0 (11-4, 11-3, 11-5).
Lim Khim Wah and Teo Ee Yi then edged Kepong BC’s Chinese Taipei pair of Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng in a 3-2 ( 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-10, 8-7) thriller to put Puchong United BC further ahead.
However, Kepong BC rallied to set up a nervy finish for their opponents. Their mixed doubles pair of Cheah Yee See and Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub registered a shock 3-1 (11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8) win over Puchong United BC’s experienced pair of Lee Hyo Jung and Ong Yew Sin.
But Hong Kong international, Wei Nan delivered for Puchong United BC in style as he beat Kepong BC’s Thai import, Thongnuam Pannawit 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-5) to seal the win for his team in the last men’s singles match.
“Overall I am satisfied. We have strong players in all categories which explains our winning run so far. I think we have done enough to secure qualification to the Finals. So for the last two matches next month, we might rest some of our key players and test out some new ones,” said Puchong United BC’s team manager, Irina Inozemtseva.
“It is important that we keep winning as that will boost one another to perform even better. I want my players to focus in every match that they play as each points count,” added Irina.