Purple League: Ampang Jaya win despite Kento Momota’s absence

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Goh Jin Wei (front middle) takes pictures with other players from Ampang Badminton Club. (photo: Ampang BC's Facebook)

Kuala Lumpur: World junior champion Goh Jin Wei scored 3 points and the Ampang Jaya Badminton Club showed they can win without World No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan on Friday with a 10-9 victory over Petaling BC.

Momota missed Ampang Jaya’s first tie, but is scheduled to join his team in Purple League sometime next week.

Tan Jia Wei got Ampang Jaya to a strong start where the World No. 118 outlasted World No. 84 Cheam June Wei of Petaling 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 8-6 in 30 minutes before Goh Jin Wei added another 3 points to her team with a 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 win over Lim Yin Fun.

“The victory was not as easy as it looked. I didn’t have enough time to test the venue prior to the match. Fortunately, I was able to control the drift inside the stadium,” said Goh after the match.

Nevertheless, Petaling were able to narrow the gap when Aaron Chia/Man Wei Chong clinched the men’s doubles match over Lim Tze Jian/Low Juan Shen with 11-4, 11-6, 11-3, before Terry Hee Yong Kai/Gronya Somerville of Petaling beat Lukhi Apri Nugroho/Masita Mahmudin 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 10-6 in the mixed doubles match.

Former Malaysian national badminton player Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin of Petaling was forced to settle for draw when he tied 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 10-6 with Hsueh Hsuan Yi of Ampang when the 30-minute time limit has been reached.

The 2017-2018 Purple League champions – Puchong United Badminton Club also kicked off the new season with a strong performance when they beat Tebrau City Badminton Club 13-8 on Saturday.

Late Saturday, Kepong who were the runners-up in last season, also scored a 15-6 triumph over Serdang.

The rules and format for Purple League are as follow:
1. Each match’s duration is 30 minutes. The winner is the one leading at the end of the duration.
2. The league is using the 11×5 scoring format.
3. A tie would be decided by two men’s singles, one men’s doubles, one woman’s singles, and one mixed doubles.
4. The winning team will be decided through overall accumulated sets win by its player. For example, at the end of the tie between Team A and Team B, if Team A’s players have won total of 11 sets, while Team B’s players have won a total of 10 sets during that tie, the final score would be Team A beat Team B with 11-10.

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