RISING STAR: Shuttler wins three titles at the Penang Closed Individual meet
GEORGE TOWN: PETITE Lim Jee Lynn dominated the recent Gosen-PBA Penang Closed Individual Badminton Championships.
The SMJK (C) Heng Ee third form student won three titles at the PBA Hall in Bukit Dumbar.
Jee Lynn's first title came when she partnered her brother Lim Wen Sheng, a former Penang player, to the mixed doubles title. They beat Ahmad Taqiyuddin and K. Malathi 21-18, 21-19 in the final.
After a short break, the 15-year-old was back in centre court to face her arch rival, Teng Yen Lin, in the women's singles final. It was a closely contested match with Jee Lynn prevailing 21-9, 17-21, 22-20.
Victory was all the sweeter for Jee Lynn as she had lost to Yen Lin in the Penang Schools competition earlier this year.
Jee Lynn managed to get some rest on the sideline during the men's doubles final which lasted 25 minutes before she was back on court with Kong Yi Lin for the women's doubles final.
The duo defeated Soon Wuan Ni-Tan Shu Ying 21-10, 23-21 after overcoming some resistance in the second game, for the women's doubles gold and Jee Lynn's third title in one day.
Jee Lynn was glad that she swept three titles in the state level competition, especially after having just recovered from injuries.
The Penang Closed competition, a grassroot development project, was organised for players, especially junior ones, who have not won any badminton competitions.
This means Jee Lynn will not be eligible for the tournament next year, as she had won three titles.
Jee Lynn, who comes from a family of badminton players, started playing the game at the age of 11.
Her dream is to be a world-class player in the mould of Lee Chong Wei.
"I am still at the recovery stage after a double injury which has hindered my progress in the sport.
"I injured my knee in June last year and in November, I fractured the little finger on my right hand.
"These injuries had kept me away from badminton for almost nine months. The Penang Schools competition was my first major tournament where I reached the semifinals in the singles and won the gold in the doubles."
She said her triumphs in the Penang Closed championships have boosted her confidence in winning the Penang Schools and the Malaysian Schools singles and doubles titles next year.
"I think anything is possible if you put your heart and soul to it. Of course, it is all about hard work.
"Chong Wei went all the way to the top because he was focused and determined, and he worked hard.
"I, too, can be world class and I am determined to walk in the path of my idol, Chong Wei," said Jee Lynn.
Results - (all finals) Men's Singles: Yeoh Seng Zoe bt Chuah Fu Sin 21-19, 21-16
Doubles: Lim Wooi Kip-Seow Kean Hong bt Lim Sheng Kim- Tham Chee Min 21-13, 21-11.
Women's Singles: Lim Jae Lynn bt Teng Yen Lin 21-19, 17- 21, 22-20
Doubles: Kong Yi Lin-Lim Jee Lynn bt Soon Wuan Ni-Tan Shu Ying 21-10, 23-21
Mixed doubles: Lim Wen Sheng-LIm Jee Lynn bt Ahmad Taqiyuddin-K. Malathi 21-18, 21-19.