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Walikota Surabaya Bank Jatim Victor Open
General Manager, Badminton Academy
They may have been underdogs but that was not a concern to Nge Joo Jie and Marcus Tan Zhuo Li after they ignored their unseeded status to clinch a Boys Doubles Under 15 bronze at the Walikota Surabaya Bank Jatim Victor Open.
Among the scalps the duo claimed were fourth seeds Iqbal Asrullah and Muhammad Habibie Ananda Irham in the second round.
Their good run in Surabaya, Indonesia, was eventually halted after a semi-final defeat to second seeds Iman Wirawan and Muhammad Ridhwanul Arifin.
Nonetheless, Joo Jie and Marcus have plenty to be proud of after they ended the tournament as the only unseeded pair to reach the last four, a remarkable feat considering the tournament from 8 to 14 May 2017 was their first competitive outing as a partnership.
“I could not ask for a better partner. Marcus is a more experienced player than I am, and there is plenty that I can learn from him,” Joo Jie said.
Despite their latest achievement, Joo Jie knows there is plenty which he needs to work on.
“While this medal is a form of validation to all the efforts my coaches have invested in me, I must continue to work hard to reach my potential,” the Secondary 1 student-athlete said.
Their senior Teh Jia Heng also had a tournament to remember, as he emulated his juniors’ giant killing feat to clinch a joint bronze in the U19 Boys Singles event.
No. 16 seed Jia Heng beat sixth seed Diovano Arisdo Firdi in the fourth round before he recorded a quarter final victory over second seed Jim Jason Kiazen.
The 17-year old eventually settled for bronze after he fell to eventual winner Naoki Yamada in the semi- finals.
Boys Singles U19
Joint 3rd Teh Jia Heng
Boys Doubles U15
Joint 3rd Nge Joo Jie and Marcus Tan Zhuo Li