On-song Joo Ven plays hero for Kepong in Purple League – The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: National shuttler Soong Joo Ven (pic) went from zero to hero within two days for Kepong Badminton Club in the SS Purple League.

On Thursday, the 22-year-old fell short when his team needed him most after he drew 2-2 with Ampang Jaya BC’s Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Kepong lost 11-12.

But yesterday, the world No. 66 made amends when he helped Kepong claim a crucial 12-8 win over Bangsar Hawks BC at the Sports Arena Sentosa in Jalan Kelang Lama.

Joo Ven was on song as he downed Bangsar’s Chinese import Wu Songjian 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 in the second men’s singles tie, which proved to be the winning points for Kepong.

Besides Joo Ven, Kepong also won points via women’s singles shuttler Ayaho Sugino and mixed doubles pair Goh Soon Huat-Cheah Yee See.

Bangsar, who lost all six of their matches so far, earned consolation points from Zhang Songye (men’s singles) and Dede Ryan Philip-Yap Qar Siong (men’s doubles).

Joo Ven was happy he finally came good for his club.

“It’s not easy playing the 11-point system, especially when we have a time limit of 30 minutes,” said Joo Ven.

“That’s why every point counts and I’m happy to pick up the win for my team.”

The win, Kepong’s third after six matches, moved them up to second in the eight-team league with 59 points.

With only one match left in the first phase, it was an important win for Kepong as only the top six teams progress to the second phase and the Grand Finals (phase three) which will be held at the Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands, from Feb 8-11.

Meanwhile, defending champions Petaling Jaya BC (PJBC) may end up missing the second phase after falling to Cheras BC 5-12.

The defeat leaves PJBC in sixth spot with 46 points.

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