KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Petaling Jaya Badminton Club (PJBC) took a huge step towards qualifying for the second phase of the SS Purple League.
Only the top six teams from the eight-team league progress into the second phase and PJBC are looking good after whipping Bangsar Hawks BC 14-6 at the Sports Arena Sentosa in Jalan Kelang Lama yesterday.
Skipper Goh Giap Chin gave PJBC a flying start by thrashing Wu Songjian 11-1, 11-9, 11-5 in the first men’s singles tie before Supanida Katethong came from two games down to beat Shen Yabing 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 9-6.
Men’s pair Chooi Kah Ming-Low Juan Shen then gave PJBC a 9-3 lead by beating Dede Ryan Philip-Yap Qar Siong 11-10, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9.
Despite mixed pair K. Yogendran-Ti Wei Chyi losing 7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 8-11 to Liu Lin-Hiripong Sathorn, PJBC still secured the win as Lee Cheuk Yiu thrashed Zulhelmi Zulkiffli 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 in the second men’s singles tie.
“I feel that we didn’t play so well even though we won. The 11-point system is quite challenging because we can’t afford to slip up,” said Juan Shen.
“But with our win today, we certainly have a good chance of qualifying for the finals as we only have three more games to secure the top-six spot.”
PJBC, with 41 points, are second in the table behind high-flying Puchong United who have 43 points. Their next match is on Friday against struggling Cheras BC.
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