Tuesday, 10 December 2013


Darren & Ryan BD U11 Runner-Up
Aaron BS U11 Semi-finalist

This closed tournament was organized by the Persatuan Badminton Putra Jaya. The format of this tournament was played following the National Junior Grand Prix format ie. group and elimination rounds. For U11 boys singles, there were 4 groups and the top two players in each group will be qualified to play in the last 8 elimination round.

Aaron topped his group A standings whereas Ryan ended second in Group D. In the last 8 elimination round, Aaron overcame Low Hong Seng in 3 sets to make it to the semis. Ryan however fell to favourite Lee Jie Quan in 3 sets. His game fizzled out in the rubber set because of a slight injury sustained during game.

In the semis, Aaron was drawn to meet Lee Jie Quan and with much anticipation too since he has never beaten Jie Quan before. Our hopes were up when Aaron took the first set but in the second set, Aaron was too impatient and lost. In a fiery decider, Jie Quan was more composed and forced Aaron to commit a string of errors. Jie Quan emerged victor again. Considering both brothers have taken Jie Quan to 3 sets has been an achievement compared to where they were a year ago.

In U11 doubles, Ryan/Darren topped Group B whereas the younger pair of Aaron/Jie Yang came up second in Group A. They had to cross over to play each other in the semis.  Ryan/Darren proved too good and won in straight sets to meet Jie Quan/Aziq in the final. The game was one sided favouring the more experienced pair as Ryan/Darren were out of sorts.

For their efforts, Aaron took back two medals and Protech shoe bags whereas Ryan walked home with a runner-up medal and a Protech back pack.

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