PROMISING young talent Michelle Khoo Li Sha made it a memorable event as the curtains came down on the Penang Closed Tennis annual challenge.
The 18-year-old confidently made it a four-in-a-row when she displayed her superiority at the Penang Sports Club on July 26.
A Women’s Singles champion for the last three years, Michelle, who is a Sixth Former at St George’s Girls School, success-fully defended her crown.
With second-seeded Cherylene Tan Sui Ling shown a shocking exit by Christine Vong Su Yen in the quarter-finals, Michelle just proved to be too good for her finals opponent Natalie Loke Lin Ziang.
Michelle bagged a resounding 6-0, 6-1 victory over third-seeded Natalie when they crossed swords in the final showdown.
With this edition of the Penang Closed Tennis likely to be her last, Michelle was all excited about retaining her singles crown.
“Yes, I must admit that this could well be my last shot at the Penang Closed crown as I am seriously considering and hoping to move to the United States in the near future,” she said.
She said she planned to pursue a degree in Sports Psychology in the States and at the same time, improve her tennis career there.
The lass, who obtained straight As in all nine subjects in her SPM examination last year, is hopeful of securing a scholarship to rea-lise her dreams.
In the Men’s Singles challenge, veteran player Muhammad Noor Nordin showed that he was not to be outdone.
In the absence of former singles champ Nikesh Singh, Muhammad Noor successfully retained the Men’s Singles crown by upsetting Henry Ho Jia Chyang.
Henry gunned down second-seeded Lee Huang Yi with a sensational 2-6, 6-1 (10-3) defeat and showed third-seeded A. Jayaganthan the exit with a 6-1, 6-1 win in the semi-finals.
Henry, however, met more than his match in Muhammad Noor, who powered his way to a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
Muhammad Noor last won the Men’s Singles crown in 2010 and last year.
In the Men’s Doubles, Bryan Thor and Chung Chie Wen scored 10-7 beating Ho and Chan Kai Lun, to be crowned as champs.
Q-finals: Muhammad Noor Noordin bt Alexis Patry 6-0, 6-0; Chan Soon Keat bt Chan Kai Lun 6-1, 6-2; A. Jayaganthan bt Alvin Chew 6-4, 7-5; Henry Ho Jia Chyang bt Lee Huang Yi 2-6, 6-1 (10-3).
S-finals: Muhammad Noor Noordin bt Chan Soon Keat 6-3, 6-3; Henry Ho Jia Chyang bt A. Jayaganthan 6-1, 6-1.
Finals: Muhammad Noor Noordin bt Henry Ho Jia Chyang 6-1, 6-1.
Q-finals: Bryan Thor-Chung Chie Wen bt Alexis Patry-Andrew Tijo 6-4, 7-6; Muhammad Azhari Alee-Jason Khoo bt Ugene Ooi U Jin Amit Atwal Singh 6-0, 6-1; Chan Kai Lun- Henry Ho Jia Chyang bt Poh Yang Hong-Tan Poh Beng 7-5, 7-6; Alvin Chew-Akmal Yahaya bt Lee Huang Yi-A. Jayaganthan (6-3, 6-2).
S-Finals: Bryan Thor-Chung Chie Wen bt Muhammad Azhari Alee-Jason Khoo 4-6 6-4 (10-5); Chan Kai Lun-Henry Ho Jia Chyang bt Alvin Chew-Akmal Yahaya 2-6, 7-5 (10-4).
Final: Bryan Thor-Chung Chie Wen bt Chan Kai Lun-Henry Ho Jia Chyang 4-6, 6-4 (10-7)
Q-finals: Michelle Khoo Li Sha bt Chow Yi Xuan 6-0, 6-3; Sabrina Gee Zhen Hzui bt Bharthie Murugan 6-2, 4-6 (12-10); Natalie Loke Lin Ziang (3) bt Sri Dheevya Sri Ramesh 6-1, 6-2; Christine Vong Su Yen bt Cherylene Tan Sui Ling 6-1, 6-4.
S-finals: Michelle Khoo Li Sha bt Sabrina Gee Zhen Hzui 6-1, 6-1; Natalie Loke Lin Ziang (3) bt Christine Vong Su Yen 7-6, 2-0 rtd.
Final: Michelle Khoo Li Sha bt Natalie Loke Lin Ziang 6-0, 6-1.