PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Lee Shun Yang capped a fine run in the 100Plus National Junior Ranking Challenge to emerge as the singles champion by the slimmest of margins.
The 19-year-old brushed aside fellow senior back-up teammate Wyman Goh 21-13,21-10 for his third win to top the six-player standings at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) yesterday.
Shun Yang wrapped up the round-robin competition with the same number of match wins with Wyman but pipped the latter to the first place by conceding one game fewer.
The duo had won seven games but Shun Yang gave away just four games compared to Wyman’s five.
High-flying 16-year-old Justin Hoh failed to hold on to his top spot after going down 20-22,14-21 to Ter Chun Long and slipped to third place.
Justin also secured three match victories, but he could only muster a six-game win record and conceded just as many.
The week definitely belonged to Shun Yang after staging a remarkable fightback from a disastrous start.
After being humbled 19-21,16-21 by juniors Ken Yon and Justin 21-13,16-21,11-21 on the opening day, the reigning national Under-21 champion responded with three convincing straight-game victories including a 21-11,21-6 win over Chun Long and the 21-13,21-10 victory over Jacky Kok.
“I’m so happy and relieved to end up as the champ. It was a mission accomplished, ” said Shun Yang.
“After my first two defeats, I thought it was all over and felt a bit down at that time. I then told myself not to focus too much on the ranking and instead just try to salvage as many wins from my three last matches.
“I didn’t think that I could still end up as the champion.
“However, I wouldn’t say I’m entirely satisfied with my performance this week. I still find it hard to accept the defeat to the juniors.”
But Shun Yang was quick to acknowledge Justin’s credentials as a potential world-beater.
“He’s only 16, but he has the height and is also well-built to complement his ability and skills, ” said Shun Yang.
“He will be a worthy medal contender at the World and Asian Junior Championships next year.”
Men’s singles: Lee Shun Yang bt Wyman Goh 21-13,21-10; Ter Chun Long bt Justin Hoh 22-20,21-14; Jacky Kok bt Ong Ken Yon 21-13,17-21,21-15.
Final standings: 1. Lee Shun Yang, 2. Wyman Goh, 3. Justin Hoh, 4. Jacky Kok, 5. Ong Ken Yon, 6. Ter Chun Long.
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