Muhammad Fazriq Razif ruled the 100PLUS National Junior Circuit Grand Prix Finals with another double by winning the Boys' Under-16 singles and doubles at the Negri Sembilan Chinese Recreation Club in Seremban on Sunday (July 7).
The top-seeded national junior, fresh from winning the World Badminton Under-15 Shonai Invitational in Japan a week ago, clinched the singles title with a straight game 22-20, 21-15 win over unseeded Hooi Shao Hern of Kuala Lumpur in 42 minutes.
Fazriq had won the Under-14 singles title twice - in 2017 and 2018.
Fazriq, son of former Olympian Datuk Razif Sidek, won a double in the Under-14 category last year. He repeated the feat this time when he later partnered Justin Hoh Shou Wei for the doubles title. The second seeds stunned top seeds Rayner Beh Chun Meng-Goh Boon Zhe (BAM/Penang) 21-14, 21-17 in 35 minutes.
"I want to be somebody (in badminton). The progress has been good so far but I still need to improve my game further. It is tiring to play in both, the singles and the doubles. However, although hectic, I have taken the challenge before deciding whether to play in the singles aor doubles," said Fazriq after his win.
"Consistency won me the titles. It was not an easy final against Shao Herng. He is a quality player who gave me a tough time in the first game."
Razif, who watched his son clinch the double, is delighted with his son's showing in the 100PLUS GP Finals and is confident that Fazriq "will go far in his badminton career".
For Selangor's K. Letshanaa it was payback time as she delivered what she had confidently promised at the start of the GP Finals - to win the Girls' Under-16 singles title.
Letshanaa came back from a game down to beat defending champion Arena Satu Samin of Sabah 10-21, 21-9, 21-15 in 48 minutes. It was also sweet revenge for the national junior who lost to Arena in the 2nd-leg 100PLUS Junior Circuit final in Johor Bahru in May.
"I was confident throughout the GP Finals and had set my mind to win the title. This came through a lot of hard work and training and I am glad to have achieved my target. I thank my coaches and my parents for their sacrifices," said Letshanaa, who like Fazriq will don national colors in the Asian Junior Championships in Suzhou, China later this month.
There was an upset in the Girls' Under-16 doubles when top seeds and favorites - Cheng twins Su Hui and Su Yin (BAM/Kedah) - fell at the final hurdle to second seeds and national compatriots Khor Jing Wen-Tan Zhing Yi (BAM/Penang) 15-21, 21-9, 19-21 in a 62-minute battle.
National junior trainee Eogene Ewe Eon (BAM/Perak) clinched a double in the Boys' Under-14. In the singles final he defeated his doubles partner Ramno Ferdinan (BAM/Sabah) 21-18, 22-20 and the duo later teamed up to win the doubles against Bryan Jeremy Goonting-Low Han Chen (BAM/Kul) 21-19, 24-22.
Sarah Ngu Xian Meow (BAM/Kul) defeated Siti Zulaikha Azmi Tan (BAM/Melaka) 21-17, 21-18 for the girls' Under-14 singles title. Sarah, however, failed in her bid for a double when she and Chan Wen Tse (BAM/Kelantan) went down 21-18, 20-22, 8-21 to Lim Yi Wei (BAM/Kul) -Lai Ting Cen (BAM/Nse) in the doubles final despite being the top seeds.
In the Under-12 category, Johor's Dania Sofea Zaidi retained her girls' singles title with a 21-14, 21-14 win over second seed Oo Shan Zi of Penang. In the doubles Dania and Lai E Yun, the second seeds upset top seeds Christine Lam Mei He-Shan Zi 23-21, 21-14 in the final.
100PLUS is also the title sponsor for the 100PLUS National Junior Inter-State Circuit which will be held November this year.
100PLUS, the nation’s No.1 isotonic beverage, is the Official Beverage sponsor for all BAM events and activities including the Malaysian Open and the Malaysian Masters. Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei and Jin Wei are currently 100PLUS Brand Ambassadors.
100PLUS will be the ideal drink for the young players competing in the junior circuit. Consuming the non-carbonated beverage will help the players achieve peak performances during events.
100PLUS ACTIVE builds on the brand’s sports heritage and functional credentials to target sporty, fitness-seeking consumers looking for a no-fizz thirst-quencher that can rehydrate, replenish, and re-energise them during and after their fitness regimen.
100PLUS, a Silver Sponsor for Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games and Para Games, is synonymous with supporting sports in the country. Apart from BAM, 100PLUS also supports the Football Association of Malaysia. 100PLUS is also the Official Isotonic beverage for the Malaysian Football League.
100PLUS is committed to youth development programmes and currently supports Liga KPM (under MSSM). 100PLUS is the recommended drink of the National Sports Council.
RESULTS (ALL FINALS)
Muhammad Fazriq Razif (BAM) beat Hooi Shao Herng (KUL) 22-20, 21-15
K.Letshanaa (SEL) beat Arena Satu Samin (SBH) 10-21 21-9 21-15
Fazriq Razif-Justin Hoh Shou Wei (BAM) beat Rayner Beh Chun Meng-Goh Boon Zhe (BAM) 21-14 21-17
Khor Jing Wen-Tan Zhing Yi (BAM) beat Cheng Su Hui-Cheng Su Yin (BAM) 21-15 9-21 21-19
Eogene Ewe Eon (BAM) beat Ramno Ferdinan (BAM) 21-18 22-20
Sarah Ngu Xian Meow (BAM) beat Siti Zulaikha Azmi Tan (BAM) 21-17 21-18
Eogene Ewe Eon-Ramno Ferdinan (BAM) beat Bryan Jeremy Goonting-Low Han Chen (BAM) 21-19 24-22
Lim Yi Wei-Lai Ting Cen (BAM) beat Chan Wen Tse-Sarah Ngu Xian Meow 18-21 22-20 21-8
Kee Is Qian (KDH) beat Lim Boon Le (PHG) 22-20 24-22
Dania Sofea Zaidi (JHR) beat Oo Shan Zi (PEN) 21-14 21-14
Tan Zhi Shen-Tan Zhi Yang (PEN) beat Kee Is Qian-Loh Zi Heng (KDH) 21-17 21-18
Dania Sofea Zaidi-Lai E Yun (JHR) beat Christine Lam Mei He-Oo Shan Zi (PEN) 23-21 21-14