Arena clinches U-16 crown but brother misses out

On top of the heap: Sabahan Arena Satu Samin in action during the girls’ Under-16 singles final against Isabel Liau Bei Yi in the 100PLUS National Junior Grand Prix Finals in Seremban yesterday.

PETALING JAYA: Sabahan Arena Satu Samin stamped her class to emerge as the Girls’ Under-16 champion at the 100PLUS National Junior Grand Prix Finals in Seremban.

The Kota Belud-born youngster, who won the first and second leg of the tournament, overcame stiff resistance from arch rival Isabel Liau Bei Yi of BAM 17-21, 21-14, 21-16 to complete a comeback win.

“My movement was restricted and I was a bit tired as I only had a short rest after yesterday’s late evening semi-final match.

“It was difficult in the first game but I managed to bounce back and regained my confidence in the second and third game,” said the jubilant Arena.

In the boys’ Under-16 singles final, Demond Anthony Samin failed to follow her sister’s footstep after going down 20-22, 21-23 to Melaka’s Ong Ken Yon.

Penang duo Rayner Beh Chun Meng-Goh Boon Sze were given a scare by Muazzam Danish Hanafi-Muhd Haikal Nazri of BAM before taking the boys’ Under-16 doubles title with a 21-17, 11-21, 21-16 win.

Meanwhile, Kedah twins, Cheng Su Hui and Cheng Su Yin had it easy against Goh Pei Kee-Isabel Liau Bei Yi of BAM, winning the Under-16 girls’ doubles crown in straight games of 21-11, 21-11.

“Pei Kee and Isabel were not in their usual element and that gave us some advantage. We kept our focus throughout the match and held on to our strategy and style of play,” said Su Hui.

The five-day tournament, featuring the country’s future badminton stars, ended successfully with BAM President Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria presenting trophies and prizes to all winners at the Negri Sembilan Chinese Recreation Club.

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