Ariffin Nazri, Dania Sofea Emerged Victorious at the 2023 Johor Close Badminton Championship

The eleventh edition of the championship lived up to its top billing with more than 600 player participations

(From the left) General Secretary of Johor Badminton Association, Muhammad Fadhil Samihan, (Centre) Johor State Exco (Chairman of Johor State Youth, Sports, Entrepreneur Development, Cooperatives and Human Resource Committee) Mohd Hairi Mad Shah and (Right) the President of Johor Badminton Association, Mat Rasid Jahlil together with the winners from the Under-21 Men's Singles category, Ariffin Nazri (Centre) during the 2023 Johor Close Championship's closing and prize giving ceremony which was held today at DBC Sports Arena, Pontian, Johor

The 2023 Johor Close Badminton Championship once again lived up to expectations with aspiring shuttlers producing scintillating performances on the final day of the competition at the DBC Sport Arena in Pontian, Johor.

The four-day competition, which drew more than 600 players, was a huge success for the organisers, Johor Badminton Association (JBA), who gave these young talents the chance to show off their skills.

As expected, the main draw on the final day saw top seeded shuttler Ariffin Nazri claiming bragging rights as the best in the state after edging Wee Yee Tern 21-19, 21-17 in the men’s Under-21 singles final.

The enthusiastic shuttlers endured a dramatic and draining first set in which Ariffin was pushed to the limit before defeating Wee Yee Tern 21-19. The ever-calm Ariffin went on to win and demoralized his opponent in the second set by pulling off an incredible 21-17 success to earn his long-awaited victory.

A delighted Ashraf commended his opponent for putting up a superb fight till the end. “It was not an easy task reaching the final. I would like to congratulate Wee Yee Tern for making it this far. It was a tough game, and I am proud to share this moment with my Johor state teammate,” said Ashraf.

He added, “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Johor BA for organising this tournament as it gives players like me an opportunity to play against the top shuttlers in the state.”

After successfully defending her prized U-16 girls’ singles title by defeating Lai Eyun in the early morning match, Dania Sofea was back in action to win the U-16 girls doubles title with Lai Eyun. They did this by defeating Koh Yi Rou-Yap Yi Ning 21-9, 21-10.

Meanwhile, the most awaited U-21 men’s doubles final witnessed Ariffin Nazri- Ashraf Daniel battling against Wee Yee Hern-Wee Yee Tern in a fiery clash of the siblings. The intense final match was favourable to the dynamic duo pair Ariffin Nazri- Ashraf Daniel as they easily swept their opponents 21-15,21-19.

The 2023 Johor Close Championship comprises of five categories, Under-21, Under-16, Under-14, Under-12 and Under-10.

2023 Johor Close Badminton Championship Winner List

Men Singles U-21

Winner: Ariffin Nazri Zakaria

Runner Up: Wee Yee Tern

Women Singles U-21

Winner: Lim Shin

Runner Up: Seong Ler Yee

Men Doubles U-21

Winner: Muhammad Ariffin Nazri Zakaria-Muhammad Ashraf Daniel Zakaria

Runner Up: Wee Yee Hern-Wee Yee Tern

Women Doubles U-21

Winner: Hoe Shi Yun-Zuraini Nazri

Runner Up: Chong Kei Wee-Koh Yu Wen

Boys Singles U-16

Winner: Chen Jia Le

Runner Up: Kong Wen Zhuo

Girls Singles U-16

Winner: Dania Sofea Zaidi

Runner Up: Lai Eyun

Boys Doubles U-16

Winner: Chen Jia Le-Yap Jen Wee

Runner Up: Siau Yu Hang-Daniel Tan Ying Enn

Girls Doubles U-16

Winner: Lai Eyun-Dania Sofea

Runner Up: Koh Yi Rou-Yap Yi Ning

Boys Doubles U-14

Winner: Goh Wei Zhan-Alfred Phua Ze Zuan

Runner Up: Kua Ming Ze-Kua Wei Ze

Girls Singles U-14

Winner: Low Zi Yu

Runner Up: Hasyni Devi Sahathevan

Boys Singles U-14

Winner: Kua Ming Ze

Runner Up: Albee Loh Cheng Yi

Girls Doubles U-14

Winner: Auni Fatihin Azuan- Low Zi Yu

Runner Up: How Yin Xuan-Teo Pei Ning

Boys Singles U-12

Winner: Dani Syafi Bin Zaidi

Runner Up: Keith Leow

Girls Singles U-12

Winner: Tanisha Nair Navin Kumar

Runner Up: Tan Jin Qi

Boys Doubles U-12

Winner: Chiam Zi Hong-Dani Syafi Bin Zaidi

Runner Up: Keith Leow Chee Jian-Ko Zhi Teng

Girls Doubles U-12

Winner: Kalai Selvi Kumaravel-Goh Honney

Runner Up: Hew Yu Xing-Kung Lee Ya

Boys Singles U-10

Winner: MN Azriq Nuqman Al Iman

Runner Up: Lee Zhi Hao

Girls Singles U-10

Winner: Ko Zhi Ching

Runner Up: Preetika Moganadass

Boys Doubles U-10

Winner: Lee Zhi Hao- MN Azriq Nuqman Al Iman

Runner Up: Jayden Teo-Javier Yu

Girls Doubles U-10

Winner: Ko Zhi Ching-Lim Xue Er

Runner Up: Dhia Ramadhani-Saw Yu Qin