Serdang’s Purple League Champions Challenge still alive

KUALA LUMPUR: Serdang BC’s bid to secure a top-eight finish in the Kopiko Purple League was given a boost after battling to a 15-8 win over Klang United BC.

The top-eight teams in the 12-team competition – Malaysia’s first professional badminton league – will earn a spot in the Champions Challenge which will be held in Genting Highlands from Feb 5-8.

Serdang BC got off to a flying start with talented Taiwanese youngster Wang Tzu-wei battling from two games down to beat Singaporean Derek Wong 8-11, 8-11, 11-10, 11-7, 11-5 in the first tie at the Sports Arena Sentosa on Sunday.

Serdang BC continued to dominate and won three more ties through Goh Jin Wei (women’s singles) and the two men’s doubles pairs – Chen Chung Jen-Wang Chi-lin and Chia Yi Jie-Tai An Khang.

Klang United BC won the mixed doubles ties through Nelson Heg-Lee Meng Yean and the second men’s singles tie through Leong Jun Hao.

With two more matches to go, Serdang BC remain at ninth but are just 14 points (aggregate games won and lost) from eighth-placed Klang United.

Serdang BC’s last two matches are against bottom club Bangsar Hawks on Jan 29 and 11th-placed Kajang BC on Feb 1.

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