IT was an unusual struggle for Misbun Ramdan Misbun (pic) who nonetheless retained his Under-18 singles title, while Zulfadli Zulkifli secured an effortless double in the Under-16 category of the Zone A first leg of the 100PLUS National Junior Circuit in Ipoh yesterday.
Ramdan, the son of national coach Misbun Sidek, was expected to have it easy but wa s taken the distance by fellow Selangor player S.
Krishna Kumar before winning 21-16, 20-22, 21-16 in 48 minutes.
Zulfadli, also from Selangor, thrashed Ooi Yee Keat of Penang 21-6, 21-3 in just 17 minutes to secure the Under-16 singles crown. He then teamed up with younger brother Zulfaiz to beat Pe r a k ’s Chan Ren Chong-Jason Loo 21- 6, 21-19 to win the doubles title.
Kuala Lumpur’s Lee Jian Jee made a swe e p of the boys’ Under-18 in the first leg of the Zone B in Malacca. Jian Jee beat Aiman Hussin of Johor 21-10, 21-17 in 29 minutes to win the singles title, then secured the doubles crown with Mohamed Nurhelmi beating another KL pair Loke Kok Pong-Saw Weng Jian 20-22, 21-12, 21-15.
Results — (All Finals) Zone A, Boys’ Under- 18 Singles: Misbun Ramdan Misbun (Sel) bt S.
Krishna Kumar (Sel) 21-16, 20-22, 21-16.
D o u bl e s : Lim Chun Ming-Tan Yip Jiun (Pg) bt Kong Chee Yoon-Wong Wei Hong (Pk) 21-18, 23-21.
Under-16 Singles: Zulfadli Zulkifli (Sel) bt Ooi Yee Keat (Pg) 21-6, 21-3.
D o u bl e s : Zulfadli-Zulfaiz Zulkifli (Sel) bt Chan Ren Chong-Jason Loo (Pk) 21-6, 21-19.
Zone B, Boys’ Singles Under-18: Lee Jian Jee (KL) bt Aiman Hussin (Joh) 21-10, 21-17.
D o u bl e s : Lee Jian Jee-Mohamed Nurhelmi (KL) bt Loke Kok Pong-Saw Weng Jian (KL) 20- 22, 21-12, 21-15.
Under-16 Singles: Tan An Khang (Mal) bt Chong Yee Han (Mal) 23-21, 21-15.
D o u bl e s : Haw Yong Yuan-Teo Hong Zhou (Joh) bt Jagdish Singh-Low Juan Shen (NS) 23- 21, 21-12.