Story by Tessa Cho/Red Sports. Photos by Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports
Farrer Park Tennis Centre, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) [ACS(I)] beat Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) 3–2 in a highly-charged finals to win their first National A Division Tennis Championship title since 2007. This was ACJC’s first final appearance in eight years.
Defending champions Raffles Institution (RI) went down to ACJC in the semi-final, but came back to beat St. Andrews Junior College (SAJC) 5–0 to earn themselves the third placing.
While ACS(I) have reached the finals every year since the inception of their International Baccalaureate (IB) programme in 2006, their only previous title came in 2007.
The victory also means ACS(I) has achieved a grand slam of A, B, and C Division National Schools Tennis Championship titles.
The competition was stiff with ACJC biting on the heels of ACS(I) and both sides putting up a tremendous fight for victory.
The first two matches went to ACS(I). Ryan Chin and Will Angkawidjaja defeated ACJC’s Daniel Ong and Lee Koon Wen 6–4, 6–0, while Elisha Chow and Timothy Lee overcame ACJC’s Evan Tan and Timothy Ho 6–1, 7–5.
Nevertheless, the ACJC singles players put up a strong fight.
ACJC’s Ong Wei Yao managed to shake off ACS(I)’s Yoshio Masuda with a 6–2, 6–4 win to keep ACJC in the hunt.
The fourth match to complete was between ACS(I)’s Imran Mooraj and ACJC’s Giritharan Devendiran. Imran had to retire with a leg cramp and Girtharan won the match 7–5, 4–1.
With the overall score tied at 2–2, the final ongoing match between ACS(I)’s Raahil Doshi and ACJC’s Timothy Ong became the decider.
With Raahil from ACS(I) up by a set, an intense fight for points ensued in the second set.
At 3–3 in the second set, the Raahil’s right leg began to cramp but he refused to give up and continued the match. Raahil went 4–3 ahead with a break of service when Timothy Ong double faulted.
The remaining games took an emotionally-charged turn with a score dispute. ACJC then tied up the score at 4–4–4.
While Timothy of ACJC attempted to convert the rallies into game points, it was to no avail, with ACS(I)’s Raahil eventually taking the match with a 7–6 (7–5), 6–4 win after a two and a half hour-long match.
Raahil said, “The pressure was there but I just stayed in the game and I’m just doing it for the school.”
With regard to the ACJC team’s performance, ACJC vice-captain Evan Tan commented, “We performed very well and worked really hard. I think many didn’t expect us to come this far but we made it. We played really well and there is no need to be disappointed.”
ACS(I) vs ACJC
Score by Match
ACS(I) vs ACJC
Yoshio Masuda went down to Ong Wei Yao
Raahil Doshi beat Timothy Ong
7–6 (7–5), 6–4
Imran Mooraj went down to Giritharan Devendiran
Elisha Chow/Timothy Lee beat Evan Tan/Timothy Ho
Ryan Chin/Will Angkawidjaja beat Daniel Ong/Lee Koon Wen
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