YOUNG SHUTTLERS EXCITE FROST
There is hope for men’s singles, says BAM technical director
THERE is still a glimmer of hope in the men’s singles department, according to Morten Frost following the conclusion of the National Championships Under-21 (first leg) badminton meet in Penang yesterday.
The BA of Malaysia (BAM) technical director believes young players like Leong Jun Hao, Ng Tze Yong and Sim Fong Hau have potential, with the next two years being very crucial in terms of grooming them.
In yesterday’s final at the PBA Hall in Bukit Dumbar, Jun Hao, 18, saw off Tze Yong who is a year younger, 21-13, 21-6 to claim the singles crown.
“I think we will have a good year with the men’s singles at the junior level.
“Jun Hao was good, but it was Tze Yong who caught my attention. I like the boy and I think he has a very good approach to his game. He is very natural and hardly makes mistakes with his shots.
“The only concern is he is a very small — not his height but his muscle mass. I see a lot of potential in him, he just needs to build on his size,” said Frost, who was also pleased to see S. Kisona bag the women’s singles title after downing reigning national champion M.Thinaah 21-19, 21-17.
“I feel very happy for her (Kisona) because the win comes at a very important time. She was so sick (food poisoning) that she did not play at the National Championships in Perak last month.
“She lost five kilogrammes and is only now slowly regaining her strength. It’s a really good win.”
Kisona — whose last major achievement was a bronze medal at the 2013 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing — is hoping to win more titles and move up the national ranking this year.
“I had no expectations coming into the tournament, because I had just recovered from food poisoning.
“However, I was determined to stamp my mark. I had to do something because the last success I enjoyed was so long ago.
“Thinaah is a very good player, but I gave my best and that’s how this year is going to be. I want to just give my best at every tournament,” said Kisona.
FINAL RESULTS — Men’s singles: Leong Jun Hao (BAM) bt Ng Tze Yong (BAM) 21-13, 21-6; Doubles: Ooi Zi HengZainal Abidin Muhammad Syazmil Idham (Ked/Sel) bt Gunasalam Seddrick AwynMohd Shahriman Amir Syazwan Al-Razi (Sab/Per) 23-21, 21-18;
Women’s singles: S.Kisona (BAM) bt M.Thinaah (BAM) 21-19, 21-17; Doubles: Eng Sin Jou-Eoon Qi Xuan (BAM) bt Goh Yi Xuan-Lee Shun Mei (Pen) 21-18, 21-13;
Mixed doubles: Chang Yee Jun-Pearly Tan (BAM) bt Ooi Zi Heng-Lim Peiy Yee, Payee (Ked/Sel) 18-21, 21-15, 21-18.