|Ryan taking a breather with his No.1 fan Nenita|
Aaron had an easy passage in the first round against Zhung Long but in his second round, he faced a formidable player in an 11 year old Koh Sian Hern. Sian Hern is a regular tournament player which Aaron could not match in all departments. Disappointingly, Aaron just broke down and threw his second set away. I lectured him for hours on end on his defeatist behavior. This was not the first time he had done it and it Iooked like I have much to work on his mental fragility.
Ryan on the other hand had a more difficult first round with Wong Hong Yuan as both players were evenly matched. However, I could see that Ryan was fitter than his opponent. During the break, I advised him to put more pace in his game and the strategy worked as he won his game comfortably. In his second round, Ryan also managed to play at his best to breeze past Felix Choo in straight sets to enter semi-finals. His next opponent, Baush Koh in the semi-finals was the tournament favorite and overpowered Ryan. He went on to beat Aaron’s victor, Koh Sian Hern in the final to become champion eventually.
Ryan had one more match to play for 3rd and 4th placing. Unfortunately he could not match the strong Titan Teau and lost again to take 4th placing. Despite his defeat, I had all praise for Ryan as his performance was the best I have seen in all his tournaments. This is despite a slight groin pull he was carrying with him. As reward, he took home a consolation prize, a tube of shuttle cock sponsored by Dunlop.
Results Boys Singles Under-12
1st Round : Aaron Wong vs Zhung Long 21-5, 21-6
2nd Round : Aaron Wong vs Koh Sian Hern 4-21, 0-21
1st Round : Ryan Wong vs Wong Hong Yuan 23-21, 21-13
2nd Round : Ryan Wong vs Felix Choo 21-10, 21-14
Semi-Finals : Ryan Wong vs Baush Koh 5-21, 8-21