Arif and Lydia are the Under-18 champions


PETALING JAYA: Top seeds Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Lydia Cheah won the boys’ and girls’ Under-18 singles titles in superb fashions in the 100Plus Sukan Teras National Junior Circuit Grand Finals here at the Ipoh City Hall Sports Complex yesterday. 

Both, however, failed to make it a double victory after losing in their respective doubles events. 

Arif of Bukit Jalil Sports School lifted his first boys' Under-18 title when he defeated Lim Fang Yang 21-12, 23-21 in the final. 

Earlier, Arif made it to the final after defeating Vountus Indra Mawan 21-15, 21-6 while fellow BJSS teammate Fang Yang thrashed Penang’s Tan Yen Min 21-15, 21-11 in the other semi-final. 

Arif, however, retired from the doubles final with partner Vountus after trailing Tan Wee Kiong-Mohd Lufti Zaim 1-2 in the fist game. 

The lanky Lydia continued to dominate the junior tournaments when she tamed Stephanie Shalini 21-13, 21-15 for the girls' singles crown. 

She too could not keep up her momentum in the girls' doubles event. Together with Goh Liu Ying, they lost 14-21, 21-12, 17-21 to Amelia Anscelly-Ooi Swee Wen in the final.  

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