Ampang Jaya shake off Momota defeat to beat Klang in Purple League


  • Badminton
  • Tuesday, 05 Jan 2016

PETALING JAYA: Not even the shock loss of world No. 3 Kento Momota could stop Ampang Jaya BC from easing their way to an 11-7 win over Klang United BC in the Resorts World Genting Purple League.

The four-game difference gained at the Sports Arena Sentosa in Jalan Klang Lama on Tuesday saw eight-placed Ampang Jaya go 20 points clear of ninth-placed Nusajaya BC.

The top eight teams will qualify for the Champions Challenge in Genting Highlands from Jan 12-17.

Ampang Jaya’s triumph was secured by Lee Cheuk Yiu (men’s singles), Kuan Kam Chung-Shevon Lai Jemie (mixed doubles) and Ong Yew Sin-Rendy Sugiarto (men’s doubles).

Women’s singles shuttler Ho Yen Mei’s gallant run in the league, however, came to an end after she was beaten 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 4-11 by American Zhang Beiwen.

Yen Mei had won in all of her four previous starts.

But it was Momota’s unexpected 7-11, 4-11, 9-11, 2-11 defeat to world No. 194 Evert Sukamta that took the shine off Ampang Jaya’s triumphant day.

RESULTS

Ampang Jaya BC bt Klang United BC 11-7 (Lee Cheuk Yiu bt Leong Jun Hao 11-9, 11-6, 10-11, 11-5; Ho Yen Mei lost to Zhang Bei Wen 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 4-11; Kuan Kam Chung-Shevon Lai Jemie bt Muhd Hakem Norrazi-Yap Yee 11-9, 11-6, 11-7; Ong Yew Sin-Rendy Sugiarto bt Alwi Mahardika-Sabar Karyaman Gutama 11-6, 11-6, 11-6; Kento Momota lost to Evert Sukamta 11-7, 4-11, 9-11, 2-11)

Standings: 1. Muar City 99 points, 2. Petaling Jaya 33, 3. Cheras 28, 4. Puchong United 19, 5. Petaling 16, 6. Kepong 4, 7. Serdang 2, 8. Ampang Jaya 0, 9. Nusajaya -20, 10. Klang United -44, 11. Bangsar Hawks -56, 12. Kajang -81.

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