Sweet success: Winners of the TennisMalaysia fourth leg tourney posing with their medals and certificates at the Universiti Utara Malaysia courts in Sintok, Kedah.
SHAMIRUL Shahril Adam Das and his twin sister Suhana Sofia Adam Das (Selangor) won back-to-back titles in the Mamee-Junior Tennis circuit.
They successfully defended their respective titles in the fourth leg TennisMalaysia tournament organised by the Kedah Tennis Association at the Universiti Utara Malaysia courts in Sintok.
Shamirul Adam, 14, who had won the Under-16 singles title in the third leg held in Terengganu retained the title without raising a sweat as his opponent Steven Harianto Poedji of Indonesia gave a walk-over in the final.
Shamirul’s attempt to add the doubles title failed to materialise as he and partner Shahrul Shafiq Suliman of Johor were beaten by the Kedah-Johor combination of Shamil Mazlan and Irfan Halim in three gruelling sets of 3-6, 7-6, 11-9 which took more than an hour to finish.
His twin sister Suhana Sofia playing in the Under-14 category also retained the title which she won in Terengganu.
She steamrolled Kedah’s Nor Aniess Shamida without dropping a game with a 6-0, 6-0 whitewash.
Suhana managed to add the doubles title too for a grand double.
She partnered Nurul Amirah Zamzury (Selangor) to defeat Nor Aniess and her compatriot Nur Nabila Najihah 6-1, 6-2.
Meanwhile, Hayden Khoo of Selangor also performed the double feat in the Boys Under-10 category by defeating Japanese youngster Masachika Nasu in the singles and doubles finals.
In the singles, Hayden Khoo won by 6-4 and 6-1 against third seed Masachika, while in the doubles final Hayden partnering Edy Al-Amin Hussein (Sel) beat Masachika and Hisan Azri (KL) by 6-4, 6-1 to land the title.
Among the foreign entries, Thailand’s third ranked Under-14 player Karmin Thongkanat from Haadyai showed great promise to bag the Under-14 singles and doubles titles. He won the singles title with ease by demolishing Negri’s Nauful Siddiq Kamaruzzaman, who had won this title in all the three legs of the circuit by scoring a 6-3, 6-0 victory.
Karmin returned to the court with Kedah’s Cheah Chern Eu for the doubles final and promptly beat the Johor pair of Irzad Shahmin and Hafeez Rashid 6-1, 6-3 for his second title.
On the opening day of this recent Junior tennis tournament TennisMalaysia vice-president Mohd Rohizam Abdul Rahim, who officially launched the fourth leg at the Universiti Utara Malaysia sports complex said that the purpose of introducing the junior tennis circuit was to improve the sport in the country and provide an avenue for more competitions for young players to get the competitive edge.
“The circuit which began in Malacca will have eight legs and the top 16 players with most number of points in each category will compete in the Grand Masters to be held in Kuala Lumpur from Dec 18 to Dec 21.
“The response for each leg has been encouraging with foreign players from Indonesia, Thailand and Japan providing the much-needed competitive edge for the locals.
“We will organise the fifth leg in Perlis while Sabah will be the venue for the sixth leg. Johor will host the seventh and the last leg before the Grand Finals which will be held in Miri (Sarawak).
“The circuit is sanctioned by the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia and our vision is to help produce a Malaysian player ranked among the top 100 in the world within the next five years,” he added.
Each leg comprising Under-10, Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16 age-groups for both boys and girls and offers a total of RM4,800 worth of performance incentives while the tour-ending Masters event will offer a whopping RM26,000 as incentives.