|L to R : Tan Wei Tze (Jia Quan replacement) , Tan Jae Yang, Ryan & Aaron|
In U10, I saw a clear path to the semi-finals for Aaron being drawn to the same group with the girls. Only Ting Wen Xuan stood in his way in the second round. If he could get pass Ting (runner-up of 2013 KLBA U9 Junior Closed Tournament), Aaron would cruise all the way to the semi-finals meeting a high profile Fazirq Razif, the son of the doubles ace Razif Sidek. Unexpectedly, his run was instead halted by a certain Wong Vin Sean in the 4th round, the same player whom Aaron had beaten before in the USJ23 Tournament. As we saw it, both were of the same calibre but Aaron was clearly disturbed by some injury picked up during his doubles game earlier. It was truly a let off on this one.
Similarly in U12, Ryan was drawn in the quadrant of unknown players. As the known state players were group in other quadrants, Ryan’s path was lit up for him until he crosses over in the semi-finals with a state player, either KLBA No.1 Chua Yue Chern or PutraJaya No.1 Ooi Zhin Yang. However our optimism was short lived as his run was also halted by an unfamiliar Chan Jun Han in the 4th round.
In the U12 doubles, both brothers were bundled together at the eleventh hour after learning Ryan’s regular partner Lie Jia Quan could not attend the tournament. Nevertheless, the brothers made it to the third round before going down to SRK(C) Puay Chai’s top pair of Lok Chong Ming & Danish Ravindran.
It was another dismal outing for the boys given that they couldn’t take advantage of a favourable draw or perhaps we were being too ambitious. Be that as it may, it was evident with the present skill level they have, they are only as good as 3rd or 4th round players. They lack competitive mind set and game astuteness to match the players at the next level – quarter final and beyond. It becomes necessary now to equip the boys with higher level skill set and game resilience which they require badly for their circuit preparation next year.
Boys Singles Under 10
1st Round : Aaron vs Walkover
2nd Round : Aaron vs Ting Wen Xuan 30 – 25
3rd Round : Aaron vs Keegan Khoo 30 – 3
4th Round : Aaron vs Wong Vin Sean 18 – 30
Boys Singles Under 12
1st Round : Ryan vs Bye
2nd Round : Ryan vs Visnuvaaman 30 – 11
3rd Round : Ryan vs Nazim Naquiddin 30 – 11
4th Round : Ryan vs Chan Jun Han 19 - 30
Boys Doubles Under 12
1st Round : Ryan/Aaron vs Bye
2nd Round : Ryan/Aaron vs Kok Choon Han/Liew Jun Y 30 – 14
3rd Round : Ryan/Aaron vs Lok Chong Ming/Danesh R 21 - 30