CHINESE Recreation Club (CRC) ‘Red’ showed that they are still the top tennis club in Penang when they successfully retained the 68-year-old Heah Swee Lee Cup on Sunday.
They played against Penang Malays 2-1 at the Tapian Gelangan in Minden and edged them 2-1 in the final game of the two-day challenge.
CRC and Penang Sports Club fielded two teams each with Francis Tennis School, Penang Swimming Club, Nibong Tebal Tennis Club and Bukit Mertajam Tennis Club in the fray.
CRC Red captain James Ong attributed their success to the ‘hard work we put in preparing for our title defence’.
“We are proud that we are still good at our game,” Ong said after receiving the trophy from Penang Lawn Tennis Association president Hang Kok Long.
“More teams participated this year and it made the competition more competitive.”
The Penang Malays Tennis Club made it to the finals when they struck down BMTC 2-1 in their semi-finals clash. CRC Red beat Francis Tennis School 2-1 in the other tussle.
In the finals, CRC’s Henry Ho-Lee Huang Choong registered a 7-6, 6-2 win over Muhamad Noor Noordin and Raja Fuad while in the other court, Penang Malays’ Azahari Alee-Mohd Imran threw in the towel despite leading 4-3 in the rubber set.
Although Brendon Choong-James Ong had given CRC a 6-1 win in the first game, the tie was forced into a rubber decider when Azahari and Mohd Imran replied with a 6-3 win in the second set.
But when Muhamad Noor and Raja Faud faltered in their clash, Azahari and Mohd Imran retired since there was nothing to fight for when they were unable to field a third double for the final clash against CRC’s Jason Khoo and Kelvin Lim.