GENTING HIGHLANDS: Puchong United Badminton Club took home the top prize after a 10-6 win over Kepong Badminton Club in the final of the SS Purple League Finals at the Arena of Stars here.
It was Puchong United’s second straight title, having won it last year – also by beating Kepong BC.
This time, Puchong nailed it under the most dramatic circumstances as the final went down to the final seconds – using up the entire 30 minutes in order to confirm the champions.
Mixed doubles pair Tang Chun Man-Eom Hye-won secured the title for Puchong by the narrowest of margins, defeating Ricky Karandasuwardi-Cheah Yee See 11-7, 10-11, 10-11, 11-10, 2-1.
“It was my first time playing in the finals in Genting here, so I was a bit nervous and because of this I did not play as well as I should. But I’m happy to bring home the win for my team,” said Chun Man.
Kepong BC drew first blood through national shuttler Soong Joo Ven who, after a troubled first game, found his rhythm to overcome Goh Giap Chin 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-10 in the first match.
But Deng Xuan handed Puchong the advantage by defeating Qin Jin Jing 11-10, 11-10, 11-6 in a close contest that could have gone either way.
Their lead was then extended through Mak Hee Chun-Tan Boon Heong, who fought back from a game down to defeat Mads Conrad-Petersen-Rian Agung Saputro 5-11, 11-9, 11-10, 11-10.
Chun Man-Hye-won then sealed the title for Puchong by winning the final match.
Puchong manager Irina Inozemtseva said the title could have gone either way as seven games were won by a solitary point.
“There were seven games that were tied at 10 all, every single point could have gone to them and it could have been Kepong winning instead of my team,” said Inozemtseva.
“Every match was important and our players knew that regardless of whether we are winning or losing, they still contributed one game after another.”
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