PETALING JAYA: Candra Wijaya International are ready to smash to glory in the Senheng redOne Purple League Professional scheduled next week.
The club will fancy their chances as they will face top international and Malaysian local clubs in the group stage at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam from Oct 1-6.
The Grand Finals will be held at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting from Oct 8-9.
The club are looking to grab the top two spots in Group A with Ampang Jaya Badminton Club, Singapore Badminton Team and Petaling Badminton Club.
Should they qualify for the semi-finals, they will face one of these teams from Group B – Puchong United Badminton Club, Serdang Badminton Club, Sena Bangkok Club, and Ho Chi Minh City Badminton Club.
Team manager Denny Kantono is staying upbeat about their chances.
“The players are training hard. I can see them putting in effort during the sparring sessions and I always remind them that they have a chance to clinch this prestigious title in the coming days,” said Denny.
“We are aiming for a spot in the semi-finals. However, it will be a tough fight especially against opponents like Singapore Badminton Team and Petaling Badminton Club, as many prominent and notable international players have joined them in this year’s edition.”
Nevertheless, Denny is confident in his team’s firepower as they boast world No. 15 Hafiz Faizal and experienced Serena Kani, who recently participated and excelled in the mixed doubles at the Malaysian Open and Singapore Open.
According to the pair: “Although the other teams are strong, we are prepared to give our best and deliver some points for our team as much as we can.”
Denny also sang the praises of the Malaysia Purple League (MPL) and its chief operating officer (COO) Ho Khek Mong for offering such a platform to further elevate the badminton industry.