Kepong & Cheras on Purple League’s Champions Challenge semi-final collision

Hendra Gunawan (back)/Mei Qili of Kepong BC (photo: sinar)

Genting: Petaling BC fought until the bitter end but eventually bowed out to Kepong BC 7-13 in the quarter-finals of the Purple League Champions Challenge on Friday.

World No. 19 Kenichi Tago got off to a good start for Petaling in the first men’s singles match edging past Ai Wei Jian of Kepong BC 11-10, 11-3, 11-6 in just 27 minutes. However, Ow Yao Han/Tan Boon Heong of Kepong returned the favor, making short work of the inexperienced Chen Jia Huo/Shia Chun Kang in the first men’s doubles match to level the score at 3-3.Hendra Gunawan (back)/Mei Qili of Kepong BC (photo: sinar)


Hendra Gunawan/Mei Qili, Goh Soon Huat extended Kepong’s lead to 9-4 by blitzing through their opponents in the mixed doubles and second men’s singles matches respectively.

But Petaling BC would not go away, their second’s men’s doubles Chin Chuan Jue/Soo Kar Seong kept hope alive for Petaling BC going into fifth match when they overcame Ardiansyah Putra/Rizky Hidayat 3-1 to close the gap at 7-10.

Arrived from Singapore just moment before the start of the match, Singaporean Liang Xiaoyu of Kepong BC saw off a valiant effort from Lim Yin Fun, battling through the first two sets, before cruising through the third set prevailing 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 and handed Kepong the victory.

Kepong will meet Cheras BC in the semi-finals that will be held at 2pm on Saturday. While Puchong United BC will take on Muar City BC in another semi-finals tie that will be held at 6pm on Saturday.


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