KANGAR: The national schools (MSSM) badminton championships’ red-hot favourite Zulfadli Zulkifli survived a scare yesterday before booking his place in the final of the boys’ Under-18 singles competition.
The 16-year-old Selangor shuttler, the second seed in the championships held at the Wawasan Hall here, was stretched to three games before prevailing 21-23, 21-10, 21-18 against Kuala Lumpur’s Tew Gee Chong.
Zulfadli, who is chasing his first Under-18 title to add to his previous MSSM singles triumphs in the Under-12 and Under-15 categories, blamed the lighting conditions at the court for his sluggish display.
“It was the first time all week that I was required to play on Court A and I was unprepared for the lighting conditions there. When I was playing on the left side, the ceiling lights were blurring my vision every time I looked up,” he said.
“My opponent was also on song and made life difficult for me. I need to improve on my performance and handle the court conditions better in the final tomorrow.”