The BAKTI/MSSKL Junior Open Badminton Championship is an annual event jointly organised by the Association of the Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (BAKTI) and the Kuala Lumpur School Sports Council (MSSKL) sponsored by Li Ning and MILO. This year, the tourney has attracted about 1,400 boys and girls from all over Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah & Sarawak from age group 8 to 16 years old. This is an excellent barometer to measure where the boys stand in terms of ranking at national level.
Ryan in action during his third round match
Aaron was among the 92 boys in the under-9 singles category. He made it to third round where he faced a strong Alvin Chia Wei Ler. Unfortunately, he scraped his knee early in the match while retrieving a drop. After the interval, a teary Aaron was emotionally broken and threw the remaining of the match away 6 - 30. Alvin went on to win another 3 rounds to enter the finals but lost.
Ryan’s under-10 singles category had a total of 108 participants. He had an easy first and second rounds winning convincingly. In this third round he faced a formidable Wah Jia Wei who was technically stronger. Ryan succumbed to his superior strokes and lost the match 17 – 30.
Coach Andre giving some pointers during the break
In the under-10 doubles, both Ryan & Aaron lost in their first round to Aqil Zaqwan & Muhd Hariz. Both pairs were fighting point for point with the score 14 - 15 in favour of the malay pair before the interval. Unfortunately, they could not get their act together in the second half of the game when the jazzed up opponent played aggressively to wrap up the game 30 – 21.
Despite finishing in the top 32 in the singles categories respectively, the gap between the top players and where they are at now were miles apart. So much for reality check but I think the result was fair. They could have bowed out earlier if they had been drawn with seeded players. The ones that made it to semi-finals were National Grand Prix Circuit junior players whom were registered with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM). Coach Budi told the boys to work hard so as in one year’s time, they too can bridge the gap with the top junior players.
Results Boys Singles Under 9
1st Round : Aaron Wong vs Harroshan Singh 30 - 22
2nd Round : Aaron Wong vs Ng E Hern 30 - 21
3rd Round : Aaron Wong vs Alvin Chia Wei Ler 6 - 30
Results Boys Singles Under 10
1st Round : Ryan Wong vs Ng Zhen Yang 30 - 23
2nd Round : Ryan Wong vs Ivan Loo 30 - 10
3rd Round : Ryan Wong vs Wah Jia Wei 17 - 30
Results Boys Doubles Under 10
1st Round : Ryan Wong/Aaron Wong vs Aqil Zaqwan/Muhd Hariz 21 - 30