Puchong United, Petaling Jaya storm into Purple League semis

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Wang Yihan loses her Purple League debut on Thursday. (photo: Purple League)

Genting: The Stage 2 of 2016/2017 Purple League kicked off Thursday at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting where both Puchong United and Petaling Jaya able to secure their semi-final spots respectively.Wang Yihan loses her Purple League debut on Thursday. (photo: Purple League)

Puchong United – whose Purple League charge was spearheaded by World No. 9 men’s singles player Chou Thien Chen and World No. 1 women’s singles player Tai Tzu Ying, got off to a great start as Chou defeated Ajay Jayaram of Ampang Jaya 11-9, 11-8, 11-6    to give his team a 3-0 lead.

Tai Tzu Ying then produced a magnificent display against Xu Wei of Ampang Jaya, beating Xu 11-2, 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5    to put Puchong United ahead of Ampang Jaya 6-2.

Lukhi Nugroho/Muhammad Syawal then kept Ampang Jaya in contention by beating Lim Khim Wah/Tan Chee Tean 8-11, 11-10, 11-6, 10-11, 11-7, narrowing the gap from Ampang Jaya to 5-8.

It was the Christinna Pedersen/Yoo Yeon Seong pair who sealed Puchong United’s victory by overcoming Desiree Siow/Tan Yip Jiun 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 to make the final score of the tie 11-5.

Puchong United will play Muar BC in the semi-finals on Friday.

Although Petaling BC brought in former World Champion Wang Yihan of China to strengthen their team, Petaling BC lost a very close tie on Thursday, losing to Petaling Jaya BC 11-12.

Petaling Jaya BC is scheduled to meet BU Dragons BC in the semi-final tie.

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