Petaling BC was made to sweat as they struggled past a stubborn Bangsar Hawks BC side 11-8 earlier today at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Cheras.
Petaling BC was hungry for more points after beating neighbours Petaling Jaya BC in their last match while second from bottom side, Bangsar Hawks BC was aiming to climb up the standings.
Japanese international, Kenichi Tago got Petaling off to a flying start as he wasted no time in dispatching Bangsar Hawks’ Du Yu Hang in straight sets. With that win, Tago maintained his 100 percent record of straight sets win – his fifth of the season so far.
Lee Ying Ying then crucially dragged her side back into the tie with an impressive 3-0 win over her senior, Petaling’s Lim Yin Fun in the women’s singles match. Lee also kept up her remarkable record of seven wins a row as she proved to be a frequent and reliable point contributor for the Bangsar Hawks side.
Andrei Adistia and Chen Tang Jie managed to give Petaling a slender lead after overcoming a stubborn Bangsar Hawks’ pair of Irfan Fadhilah and Loh Kean Hean 3-2 in their men’s doubles match.
However, they were once again pegged back by Bangsar Hawks as their Indonesian mixed doubles pair of Agripinna Prima Ramanto and Devi Tika Permatasari lost to the Hawks’ Joyce Choong and Pei Tian Yi 2-3 in a drama-filled match.
With the match all square at 8-8, Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin stepped up to the plate to deliver Petaling the win. He beat Thomi Azizan Mahbub in straight sets to ensure Petaling edge closer to qualifying for the SSPL 2016/17 Stage 2 phase.
“It was quite a comfortable victory for me, because I am more experienced than my opponent. And that is the biggest factor,” said match-winner, Iskandar.
“Bangsar Hawks definitely gave us a run for our money. We saw their line-up and expected a very close fight because at this point all teams would want to not only win, but to collect points. So in the end, we were lucky with the 3-0 win by Iskandar,” said Petaling’s head coach, Yap Kim Hock.
“We are not safe just yet and definitely have not achieved qualification. We have to be wary of our next two opponents – Puchong United and Ampang Jaya – as they are very strong,” added Kim Hock.