TEOH Le Xuan (pic), the top earner of last year’s Penang BA incentive awards, kicked off the new year in style.
Featuring in the Under-14 category in the Maybank-Gosen-PBA badminton championship, the 12-year-old showed that she could match older girls when she captured the singles crown.
Le Xuan, who again donned state colours, tamed giant killer Lim Sze Jin of Art Sports in the final at the Penang BA hall in Bukit Dumbar on Thursday.
Sze Jin had confidently disposed of top seed Florence Saw Sin Yee, another Penang BA representative, 21-9, 21-12 in the semi-finals, but this did not faze Le Xuan who bested Sze Jin 21-14, 21-18.
The U-14 girls doubles crown went to the top-seeded Penang BA pair of Choong Yong Sim and Florence who stopped another Penang BA pair Jewel Tan Sze Ting and Tan Yen Lynn 21-12, 21-15 in the final.
Stealing the show in the boys challenge were Penang's budding stars Jireh Lee Shi Ming (Art Sports), Tan Kean Wei (OSK), V. Tamilarasu Kumar and Zul Muis (Penang Indians BA), and Ong Ting Yong and Ooi Ee Wei (LTT team).
Jireh lived up to his top billing to be crowned the boys Under-10 singles champion.
In the Under-10 doubles final, Tamilarasu and Zul Muis thrilled the turnout when they fought tooth and nail to beat Ting Yong and Ee Wei 25-23, 17-21, 21-19.
In the boys Under-18 singles challenge, second-seeded Cheeran Deev fully exploited the absence of top seed Tee Yong Jie.
He met state mate Ng Eng Cheong, a fifth-eighth seed, in the final.
Shaking off a 21-23 defeat in the opening game, Cheeran bounced back by winning the next two sets 21-10, 21-12.
He returned for the boys Under-18 doubles final with partner Harry Ang Kang Wen. But the duo found opponents Chng Choo Han and Ng Eng Cheong too hot to handle and lost 8-21, 21-18 and 11-21.
Penang BA’s Lee Shun Yang was the only one to achieve double joy.
In the boys Under-14 challenge, he gunned down Tan Yi Han, incidentally his doubles partner, 21-14, 21-15 to grab the singles crown.
Then the duo lived up to their top billing in the doubles to oust the second-seeded partnership of Goh You Ngee and Ong Yang Sheng 21-15, 21-18.
U-18 singles: Cheeran Deev (PBA) bt Ng Eng Cheong (PBA) 21-23, 21-10, 21-12. Doubles: Chng Choo Han-Ng Eng Cheong (PBA) bt Cheeran Deev-Harry Ang Kang Wen (PBA) 21-8, 18-21, 21-11.
U-14 singles: Lee Shun Yang (PBA) bt Tan Yi Han (PBA) 21-14, 21-15. Doubles: Lee Shun Yang-Tan Yi Han (PBA) bt Goh You Ngee-Ong Yang Sheng (PBA) 21-15, 21-18.
U-10 singles: Jireh Lee Shi Ming (Art Sports) bt Tan Kean Wei (OSK) 21-15, 21-9. Doubles: V. Tamilarasu Kumar-Zul Muis (PIBA) bt Ong Ting Yong-Ooi Ee Wei (LTT) 25-23, 17-21, 21-19.
U-18 singles: Kong Yi Jin (PBA) bt Lim Jing Ning (PBA) 21-18, 21-12. Doubles: Lim Chen Yen-Lim Ru Guat (PBA) bt Lee Shun Mei-Teng Yen Lin (PBA) 9-21, 21-11, 21-14.
U-14 singles: Teoh Le Xuan (PBA) bt Lim Sze Jin (Art Sports) 21-14, 21-18. Doubles: Choong Yong Sim-Florence Saw Sin Yee (PBA) bt Jewel Tan Sze Ting-Tan Yen Lynn (PBA) 21-12, 21-15.
Under-10 singles: Tan Zhing Hui (Art Sports) bt Lai Yi Ting (Art Sports) 21-13, 21-13.