GENTING HIGHLANDS (24 January 2019): Last season’s finalists, Kepong Badminton Club (Kepong BC) and Petaling Badminton Club (Petaling BC) completed the cast for the semi-final line up of the SS Purple League 2018/19 Final Rounds after coming through their quarter final ties at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting today.
They will be joined by defending champions, Puchong United Badminton Club (PUBC) who will play Petaling BC while Stage 1 winner, Ampang Jaya Badminton Club (AJBC) will meet Kepong BC in their semi-final match up tomorrow.
Petaling BC who finished third in Stage 1 did the business against Tebrau City Badminton Club (TCBC), winning 11-6.
New signing, Jan O Jorgensen from Denmark, got the ball rolling when he recorded a come from behind 3-1 (9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6) win over up and coming Thai player, Adulrach Namkul.
Women’s singles shuttler, Yip Pui Yin from Hong Kong then extended the lead to 6-2 when they won 3-1 (11-10, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4) against Wei Xu from China.
Thai pair, Boonsak Ponsana-Peeranat Boontun then stole a win, 3-2 (11-9, 10-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-10) over Man Wei Chong-Shia Chun Kang in the men’s doubles to keep things lively for TCBC, to reduce the deficit 5-8.
Normal service was resumed when Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei overcame their junior counterparts, Tan Jinn Hwa-Pearly Tan Koong Le, 3-1 (11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 11-6) to secure their place in the last fourth.
Meanwhile, Kepong booked their place in the last four for the second year running, when they disposed of Serdang Badminton Club, 10-4 earlier in the day.
Doubles specialist, Mads Conrad Petersen, who can play in the men’s and mixed doubles was brought in during the transfer window last week and it proved a masterstroke for the team who finished runners up to Puchong United Badminton Club (PUBC) last season.
The lanky Danish player did the business, partnering Wu Qian Qian from China to secure two valuable points in a 2-1 (11-10, 8-11, 11-7) victory over Malaysian-Chinese pairing, Yap Qar Siong-Liu Lin in the mixed doubles for an unassailable 10-4 lead.
From the quarter finals onwards, ties will end once a team reaches an unassailable lead with Kepong BC marching on to a semi-final match up with undefeated, AJBC who boast a winning streak of seven on the trot during Stage 1.
“I felt at the beginning, we were a bit pressured, maybe Joo Ven wanted the win badly until it backfired on him. But his team mates managed to help him out to win 3-0 and this gave us back the advantage,” said head coach Zakry Latif.
“We will meet Ampang Jaya BC in the semi-finals, a tough opponent and also undefeated. Anyway, we will do our best to try create an upset,” added Zakry of his team who lost 8-10 to PUBC last season.
World junior 2017 silver medallist, Leong Jun Hao threatened to throw a spanner in the works of Kepong BC after the Serdang BC men’s singles shuttler won 3-2 (5-11, 11-5, 11-10, 6-11, 11-10) over his senior team mate in the national squad, Soong Joo Ven.
Having been out of action for four and a half months due to hip injury, this win was a good sign for the 19 year old player who started to attract the attention of the badminton fraternity after winning the gold medal in Asian Junior Championships in 2017.
Women’s singles, Qin Jing Jing quickly put Kepong BC’s fears to rest when she won 3-0 (11-5 11-9 11-7) over compatriot Wei Yawen in an all China affair for Kepong BC to lead 5-3.
Men’s doubles, Mohd Arif Ab Latif-Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub then turned on the style to win comfortably 3-0 (11-9 11-8 11-5) over local junior pair, Lwi Sheng Hao-Mohd Syazmil Idham Zainal Abidin before Mads Conrad and Qian Qian did the rest.
The SSPL final rounds will be held at Resorts World Genting from the 24-27 January 2019.Tickets to watch the SSPL can be purchased at the venue and through the website https://www.rwgenting.com/entertainment/shows/Purple-League2019/ . For the SSPL final rounds, tickets are sold for RM 55 and RM65 for adults and RM30 for children.
SS Purple League 2018/19 Quarter Final Results (Final Rounds)
(4pm) Kepong BC 10-4 Serdang BC
MS1 Joo Ven SOONG lost to Jun Hao LEONG 2-3 (11-5 5-11 10-11 11-6 10-11)
WS Jin Jing QIN won Yawen WEI 3-0 (11-5 11-9 11-7)
MD Mohd Arif AB LATIF-Nur Mohd Azriyn AYUB won Sheng Hao LWI-Mohd Syazmil Idham ZAINAL ABIDIN 3-0 (11-9 11-8 11-5)
XD Mads Conrad PETERSEN – Qian Qian WU won Lin LIU- Qar Siong YAP 2-1 (11-10 8-11 11-7)
MS2 Chi Wing LIM vs Tze Yong NG (Not played)
(8pm) Terbrau City BC 6-11 Petaling BC
MS1 Adulrach NAMKUL lost Jan O’ JORGENSEN 1-3 (11-9 6-11 5-11 6-11)
WS Wei XU lost Pui Yin YIP 1-3 (10-11 8-11 11-6 4-11)
MD Peeranat BOONTUN- Boonsak PONSANA won Wei Chong MAN- Chun Kang SHIA 3-2(11-9 10-11 11-9 6-11 11-10)
XD Jinn Hwa TAN- Koong Le, Pearly TAN lost Tang Jie CHEN- Yen Wei PECK 1-3 (7-11 7-11 11-5 6-11)
MS2 Seng Zoe YEOH vs June Wei CHEAM (Not played)
SSPL 2018/19 Semi Finals Schedule (Tomorrow, 25 Jan 2019)
4.00PM Ampang Jaya BC vs Kepong BC
8.00PM Petaling BC vs Puchong United BC
About Malaysia Purple League
Founded in 2013, Malaysia Purple League is a competition platform in support of the Malaysian badminton effort by helping to develop and polish the skills of Malaysian badminton players to raise the level of competitive badminton in Malaysia. The league is an initiative that provides players of all levels, both professionals and amateurs, with an opportunity to gain invaluable competition experience, and concurrently strives to engage retired national greats to guide and inspire a new generation of champions. For more information, visit Malaysia Purple League website at http://www.purpleleague.com/