Monday, May 31, 2010

Now for SUKMA

After a successful 100PLUS National Junior Badminton Circuit Grand Finals, many of the players will now turn their attention to the XIII Sukan Malaysia in Malacca from June 10-19.

The XIII Sukan Malaysia will also be a venue for world junior champions Ow Yao Han-Yew Hong Kheng to redeem themselves, albeit with different partners, after being knocked out of the Boys' Under-18 doubles semi-finals.

Yao Han will represent Malacca at Sukan Malaysia while Hong Kheng will play for Penang. Doubles champions Heg Wei Kiat is likely to partner Yao Han while his regular partner Teo Ee Yi will turn out
for Johor.

However, Under-18 Boys' singles champion Goh Giap Chin of Penang is not sure of competing in Malacca as he may opt to play in the Jakarta International Open Under-18 competition.

This will pave the way for Negri Sembilan's beaten finalist Loh Wei Sheng, who was also runner-up at the Asian Junior Championship to stake his claim for the gold medal.

Another player seeking to redeem her battered pride is Negri Sembilan's Yan Jia Lin. The top seed failed to even reach the Girls' Under-18 singles semi-finals in Kuantan and she will be determined
to set the record straight in Malacca.

The title was won by Selangor's Yang Li Lian, who defeated Johor Lim Chiew Sin in the title decider. All in, 340 players took part in this year's 100PLUS National Junior Badminton Circuit Grand Finals, some of whom will surely don national colours one day.

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