|Aaron (in white) vs Vincent Fum (in yellow)|
On the first day, Aaron started off his campaign with a no show from a
Penang player. He had to sit longer for his next game. In the second round, he faced Teoh Hong Kai. This player was a worthy adversary as he collected points again and again from his overhead smashes at Aaron’s side- line. At one point, I was convinced Aaron would not make it to the next round. To make matters worse, the empire had miscounted Aaron’s score. Both were fighting neck to neck and not far from each other. Fortunately Aaron found in his deep reserves to snatch a few vital points towards the end and won the game 31-28. He lived to battle another day.
|Ryan (in white) vs Lim Ming Hong (in yellow)|
In the second day, Aaron faced Vincent Fum, a circuit player from Melaka in the third round. As the game progressed, Vincent strokes were evidently sharper and Aaron failed to get himself going. He fell 9-21 in the first set. In the second set, Aaron tried to come back but he gradually fell into his opponent’s game with many unforced errors. He conceded his second set 14-21.
Ryan’s third round opponent was a lanky Penangnite, Lim Ming Hong who dwarfs Ryan by at least a half a foot. What was more intimidating was Lim Ming Hong wore a Gosen sponsored
Penang state jersey with his large name printed at the back. I could see Ryan has already lost the battle before the game begun. Ryan was outplayed and lost tamely 10-21, 5-21. Little did we know that Lim Ming Hong went all the way to the final to defeat Muhd Affan Artabek and became champion.
In the end, the boys ended their campaign with wounded pride. So, we took the boys for a movie to unwind themselves and to relax their tired limbs. The next day, it was back to the drawing board as always. Thus their journey continues…
Boys Singles Under 10
1st ROUND : Aaron Wong (SEL) vs Ooi Yi Hern (PEN) Walkover
2nd ROUND : Aaron Wong (SEL) vs Teoh Hong Kai (KL) 31-28
3rd ROUND : Aaron Wong (SEL) vs Vincent Fum (MEL) 9-21, 14-21
Boys Singles Under 11
Qualifying : Ryan Wong (SEL) vs Yong Wai Meng (KL) 31-13
1st ROUND : Ryan Wong (SEL) vs Kok Jia Cheng (KED) 31-17
2nd ROUND : Ryan Wong (SEL) vs Jason Cheng 31-16
3rd ROUND : Ryan Wong (SEL) vs Lim Ming Hong (PEN) 10-21, 5-21