KUALA LUMPUR (30 December 2017): Bangsar Hawks Badminton Club (BC) are still struggling to find their winning rhythm after their latest 8-12 defeat to Kepong BC earlier today in their SS Purple League (SSPL) 2017/18 Phase 1 match at the Sports Arena Sentosa, Old Klang Road.
Zhang Song Ye of Bangsar Hawks BC edged Kepong BC’s Lim Chi Win 3-2 (4-11, 11-3, 11-9, 8-11, 5-6) in the first men’s singles. But Ayaho Sugino levelled proceedings as the Kepong BC’s women’s singles defeated Bangsar Hawks BC’s Yap Yee 3-2 (11-10, 7-11, 11-4, 10-11, 6-2).
The Hawks then took the lead as their pair of Dede Ryan Philip and Yap Qar Siong entertained spectators to a 3-1 (11-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-10) win over Kepong BC’s Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub and Tan Chee Tean.
The lead exchanged hands as Kepong BC’s national shuttlers, Cheah Yee See and Goh Soon Huat easily defeated Bangsar Hawks BC’s Liu Lin and Hiripong Sathorn 3-0 (11-3, 11-8, 11-7) in the mixed doubles match to put their team ahead by one point in the overall score.
In a must-win match for both sides, it was Soong Joo Ven who made sure of the victory for Kepong BC as he recorded a straight sets 3-0 (11-5, 11-8, 11-7) win over Bangsar Hawks BC’s Wu Song Jian in the final match of the game.
“We have one more game to salvage something. I am not looking too far as to qualifying for the Finals. Our objective has always been to provide playing opportunities to the younger players. We offer them the platform to hone their skills and I think they have done so in this year’s SSPL,” said Bangsar Hawks BC’s team manager, Abdul Hafidz Win.
“For example, our men’s doubles pair - Dede Ryan and Yap Qar Siong defeated Goh V Shem and his partner in our last game and recorded yet another win today against more experienced opposition. Same goes to Yap Yee who almost won her game today. So as a manager, I am very proud of their performances,” added Hafidz.