Her Royal Highness attends national badminton meet

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah in action at the badminton championship.


BY Fadhil Yunus


Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman attended the Brunei National Open Badminton Championship at the Multi-Purpose Hall of The Centrepoint Hotel yesterday. Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah competed in the quarter-finals of the boys’ under-13 singles category.

Also present was Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim booked his place in the semi-finals after a straight set (21-12 21-17) victory over Zulfazlyana Izzaty.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim led 11-5 in the midway point of the first set before completing the first set 21-12.

The second set was shaping to be a familiar territory when Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim raced to a 10-6 lead, but Zulfazlyana came back with a run of four straight points.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ended the sequence by taking a narrow lead in the midway point of the second set.

 Zulfazlyana found momentum when he led the match 15-12, but Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim converted eight straight points to seize control of the game.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim closed out the match after Zulfazlyana saved two match points and will return to the court tomorrow for a place in Saturday’s final.

The Brunei National Open Badminton Championship, which commenced last Saturday, also saw several matches in the women’s doubles, under-18s, mixed doubles, men’s doubles ‘A’, men’s veteran doubles, and men’s doubles ‘B’ being contested last night.

The competition will conclude this Saturday with respective finals in the women’s doubles, under-18s, men’s singles, mixed doubles, under-13 and men’s doubles ‘A’.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin