DARK horses Petaling Badminton Club (Petaling BC) led four teams from Stage 2 into the final round of the SS Purple League 2018/19 after a 13-7 win over Serdang Badminton Club (Serdang BC) in the last day of action in Group A at Gem In Mall, Cyberjaya.
Besides Petaling BC, Kepong Badminton Club (Kepong BC), Tebrau City Badminton Club (TCBC) and Serdang BC have also booked their tickets from Stage 2.
Previously, Ampang Jaya Badminton Club (AJBC) which finished top of Stage 1 and defending champions Puchong United Badminton Club (PUBC) which finished below them, secured direct qualification to the finals to be held from Jan 24 to 27 at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting.
Opening men’s singles Chong Yee Han put them on the road to qualifying after edging out Muhd Shaqeem Eiman Shahyar in a tight contest, 3-2 (11-4, 3-11, 11-9, 7-11, 8-6) on the buzzer.
Petaling BC’s women’s singles shuttler Lim Yin Fun and Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky then played to a 2-2 draw (11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 5-4) which kept the tie firmly poised at 5-4.
Men’s doubles pair Man Wei Chong-Shia Chun Kang put Petaling BC in the ascendancy 8-4 when they won 3-0 (11-5, 11-8, 11-7) against Lwi Sheng Hao-Ong Wei Khoon.
Serdang BC’s Malaysian-Chinese mixed doubles pair Lin Liu-Yap Qar Siong then was brought to the edge before emerging victorious over Malaysian-Australian pairing Cheam June Wei-Gronya Somerville, 3-2 (11-5, 10-11, 11-5, 10-11, 11-7) to close the gap, 7-10 in favour of Petaling BC.
Needing only one set point, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin provided more than that with a 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-9) win over
Ng Tze Yong, exacting revenge
in last week’s loss to the same player which led to a 10-12 loss in Stage 1.
Petaling BC’s head coach Ismail Saman pulled off a masterstroke, pairing singles player June Wei, who just returned after a quarter finals exit to Lin Dan at the Thailand Masters with Gronya, salvaging two precious points for the valuable win.
“In my opinion, a singles player should be able to control the whole court, if he is not able to do that in the doubles, there is something wrong with him,” said the former national singles shuttler.
“Looking ahead, we are planning to improve on our team for the final rounds when the transfer window is open. We will be looking at which players to bring in or replace to strengthen our team,” he added.
In an earlier match, Kepong BC confirmed its place in fourth after beating newcomers Bukit Mertajam All Stars Badminton Club (BMASBC) 9-8.
Kepong BC, who were runners-up to PUBC in last season’s final, got winning points through two time national men’s singles champion Lim Chi Wing, Qin Jing Jing (women’s singles) and Muhd Nuraidil Adha Azman-Tee Kai Wun (men’s doubles).
The SS Purple League 2019 features local and international players including Olympic medallists, world champions, former big names and rising stars on the international stage.
Players from the eight teams will compete in three stages in a single round robin format and play-off format for the coveted SS Purple League trophy. Total prize money for this season is RM1,500,000.
Tickets can be purchased at the venue and at https://www.purpleleague.com/. For the SSPL final rounds, tickets are sold at RM55 and RM65 for adults and RM30 for children.
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