NG Wei Shun created the biggest upset in the Penang Schools Sports Council (MSSPP) Badminton Championships 2015 finals to land his maiden boys’ Under-18 singles title at the Penang BA Hall in Bukit Dumbar, Penang.
The 16-year-old SM Jalan Damai student pulled off a stunning win over the top seed and red-hot favourite Cheerandeev Arutchelvam of Penang Free School in the final.
Played in the sweltering afternoon heat, Wei Shun won the first game 21-17.
However, Cheerandeev shifted up a gear in the second game, and was in total command to notch a 21-12 win and force a rubber game.
Wei Shun switched tactics for the third game, and held his own as he matched Cheerandeev point for point until 15-15. The 16-year-old then lifted his game to pull away, and dropped just one more point before sealing his first-ever Penang schools singles title with a 21-16 win.
“I was nervous in the beginning but managed to take the first game. I had no answers to Cheerandeev’s attacking play in the second game. My decision to slow down the tempo and not rush into attacks in the third game allowed me to keep pace with my opponent, and I found extra energy to raise my game at the crucial stage to close out the tie,” said Wei Shun.
“I am excited at finally winning my first MSSPP singles title. I have lost many times to him (Cheerandeev), and this is only the second time that I have beaten him in a competition.”
There was more heartbreak for Cheerandeev as he returned to the court 15 minutes after the end of his singles final to partner Ching Jakie (SM Permai Indah) in the boys’ Under-18 doubles final.
Despite taking the first game 21-13, the pair was forced to concede a walkover to Ng Eng Cheong-Ch’ng Choo Han of SM Berapit after Cheerandeev suffered cramps on the court while trailing 7-10 in the second game.
Despite his valiant efforts to remain upright, the exertion of playing in two finals in the exhausting conditions took its toll on Cheerandeev as he collapsed with pain and had to concede defeat.
In the girls’ section, top seed Kong Yi Jin of SM Berapit made a successful defence of her girls’ Under-18 singles title after easily overcoming Lee Shun Mei of Methodist Girls School 21-16, 21-12 in the recent final.
Yi Jin acknowledged that her recent upturn of fortunes in the Penang age-group competitions was due to the absence of teen badminton sensation Goh Jin Wei.
“When Jin Wei was still around, I had no chance to win tournaments like this because she was simply too good. It feels nice to finally come out of Jin Wei’s shadow after she moved to (study and train in) Kuala Lumpur last year.
“I hope to carry on my good form in the National Schools meet next month. My previous best result in the MSSM was making the quarter-finals, and I am targeting a place in the semi-finals this year,” said the 17-year-old Yi Jin.
Rayner Beh (boys’ Under-12), Ho Lo Ee (girls’ Under-12), Low Eu Cong (boys’ Under-15) and Lim Jing Ning (girls’ Under-15) all delivered double victories after winning in the singles and doubles finals of their respective categories.
The shuttlers who excelled in the Penang schools meet are not assured of their places in the state squad for the National Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Badminton Championships in Sabah on March 15-20.
They will undergo a selection trial together with Penang-born players who are currently attached with the Bukit Jalil Sports School. Only those who excel during the trial will be selected to represent Penang in the MSSM meet.
Boys’ singles: Rayner Beh (SJKC P.Wah) bt Ong Zhen Yi (SJKC SumS) 21-19, 18-21, 21-19.
Boys’ doubles: Rayner Beh-Ooi Yi Hern (SJKC P.Wah/SK St.Xavier) bt Ong Zhen Yi-Goh Boon Zhe (SJKC SumS/SJKC Prmtg Tinggi) 21-18, 21-15.
Girls’ singles: Ho Lo Ee (SJKC SCC) bt Lee Xin Jie (SJKC TLgT) 18-21, 21-18, 21-13.
Girls’ doubles: Ho Lo Ee-Tan Zhing Yi (SJKC SCC/SJKC HBin) bt Lee Xin Jie-Tan Sheng Thing (SJKC TLgT-SJKC HWa) 21-15, 21-14.
Boys’ singles: Low Eu Cong (SM Chung Ling Bworth) bt Lee Shun Yang (SM Heng Ee) 21-19, 21-13.
Boys’ doubles: Lee Shun Yang-Low Eu Cong (SM Chung Ling Bworth/SM Heng Ee) bt Choong Hon Jian-Liew Jun Rong (SM Jln Damai/SM Chung Ling) 15-21, 21-19, 21-15.
Girls’ singles: Lim Jing Ning (SM Jln Damai) bt Chan Qi Yong (SM PCPP) 22-20, 21-19.
Girls’ doubles: Ooi Shi Jie-Lim Jing Ning (SM Jit Sin/ SM Jln Damai) bt Chan Qi Yong-Florence Saw (SM Chung Ling Bworth) 21-11, 21-11.
Boys’ singles: Ng Wei Shun (SM Jln Damai) bt Cheerandeev Arutchelvan (PFS) 21-17, 12-21, 21-16.
Boys’ doubles: Ng Eng Cheong-Ch’ng Choo Han (SM Berapit) bt Cheerandeev Arutchelvan-Ching Jakie (PFS/SM Permai Indah) 13-21, 10-7 (rtd).
Girls’ singles: Kong Yi Jin (SM Berapit) bt Lee Shun Mei (MGS) 21-16, 21-12.
Girls’ doubles: Lim Chen Yen-Lim Ru Guat (SM Heng Ee/SM Berapit) bt Lee Shun Mei-Teng Yen Lin (MGS) 21-9, 21-15.
Mixed doubles: Ng Eng Cheong-Lim Ru Guat (SM Berapit) bt Ching Jakie-Choo Tze Bao (SM Permai Indah/SM Jln Damai) 21-12, 18-21, 21-16.