KUALA LUMPUR: Serdang Badminton Club stayed alive in their chase for a Champions Challenge spot in the Resorts World Genting Purple League.
With only the top eight teams qualifying for the Champions Challenge, Serdang did themsleves a world of good by whipping struggling Bangsar Hawks Badminton Club 15-6 at the Sports Arena Sentosa.
With four Taiwanese players – Wang Tzu-wei, Huang Po-jui, Tien Tzu-chieh and Tseng Min-hao – in their line-up, Serdang won all the five ties for a convincing victory.
National junior Lee Zii Jia got the ball rolling by beating Mohd Aliff Nurizwan 11-2, 11-7, 11-4 in the first men’s singles tie.
China’s Xu Wei then won the women’s singles tie by beating Maria Febe Kusumastuti before Min-hao-Yap Cheng Wen gave them a 9-4 lead by winning the mixed doubles.
Po-jui-Tzu-chieh sealed the win by beating Agripinna Primarahmanto Putera-Mohd Amzzar Zainuddin in the men’s doubles before Tzu-wei completed the win by beating Zulhelmi Zulkiffli in the second men’s singles tie.
The win lifted Serdang up two spots to sixth in the 12-team standings. They have three more matches against third-placed Petaling Jaya BC, seventh-placed Kepong BC and basement side Kajang BC.
Bangsar Hawks, still in 11th place, now face a tall order to finish in the top eight.