Siti Nurshuhaini Azman showed that there is no shortcut to success when all her hardwork paid off handsomely after she gained the promotion to Group A of the national youth team.
The 16-year-old scored his second consecutive victory in the Playoff Round of the100PLUS National Junior Ranking Challenge as she maintained her position at the top of Group A & B of the women's singles.
Shuhaini secured a straight set win over Khor Jing Wen 21-13, 21-18 to collect two points after two matches.
"The way I have been playing in this Playoff Round is better when compared to the tournament in October. The additional training is showing its effect.
"Getting promoted to Group A will definitely be more challenging because there will be better players there which means I will have to work even harder," said Shuhaini.
For the record, Nurshuhaini was the Group B women's singles champion at the 100PLUS National Youth Ranking Challenge 2020 last month.
Two players - Khor Jing Wen and Loh Zhi Wei – will now have to battle it out for the one ticket to accompany Shuhaini after sharing one point to occupy second and third place currently.
The loss for Jing Wen has opened up some leeway for Zhi Wei, who overcame Joanne Ng May Yin in three-set 21-18, 15-21, 30-28, for a place in Group A.
"Naturally, I aim also aiming for a slot in Group A but everything depends on the final group match tomorrow as I have to beat Siti (Nurshuhaini)," added Zhi Wei.
While Zhi Wei will have to beat Nurshuhaini, Jing Wen will face Joanne Ng in her final group match tomorrow.
Carmen Ting and Oo Shan Zi maintained their positions at the top of the Group B & C of the women's singles after both shuttlers are on the same two points after two matches.
Carmen beat 21-17, 21-17 over Chong Jie Yu, while Shan Zi was made to toil in her 21-15, 22-20 victory Tan Shen Thing.
In the meantime, V. Poopathi still maintained his position at the top of Group A & B of the men’s singles to ensure his stay in Group A of the national youth team.
This morning, Poopathi defeated Eogene Ewe Eon in a three-set bout 23-21, 16-21, 21-16.
Eogene, who was in second place yesterday dropped to third place, while Dylan Ooi Ding Sheng moved up to second after beating Anson Cheong 21-14, 21-12.
Low Han Chen and Ferdinan Ramno are the top two in Group B & C of the men’s singles.
Han Chen coast past Lok Hong Quann in straight set 21-16, 21-17 while Ferdinan bounced back from a first set defeat before winning over Aaron Tai 17-21, 21-17, 21-19.
The 100PLUS Playoff Round of the 100PLUS National Youth Ranking Challenge 2020 is on-going from November 4 to 6 will determine the position of the players in the national youth team.
Women’s Singles Group C & D
Shaneesa Shahidi - Tan Zhing Hui (Walkover)
Wong Lily – Noraqilah Maisarah Ramdan (21-14, 22-20)
Men’s Singles Group C & D
Kee Is Qian - Kong Teck Joon (21-15, 21-16)
Lee Yen Wei – V Tamilarasukumar (19-21, 21-12, 21-19)
Women’s Singles Group B & C
Oo Shan Zi - Tan Shen Thing (21-15, 22-20)
Carmen Ting – Chong Jie Yu (21-17, 21-17)
Men’s Singles Group B & C
Low Han Chen - Lok Hong Quan (21-16, 21-17)
Ferdinan Ramno – Aaron Tai (17-21, 21-17, 21-19)
Women’s Singles Group A & B
Siti Nurshuhaini Azman – Khor Jing Wen (21-13, 21-18)
Loh Zhi Wei - Joanne Ng May Yin (21-18, 15-21, 30-28)
Men’s Singles Group A & B
V Poopathi - Eogene Ewe Eon (23-21, 16-21, 21-16)
Dylan Ooi Ding Sheng – Anson Cheong (21-14, 21-12)