Day five of the Singapore National Games (SNG) 2014 saw the start of the Men’s Singles Division A category.
Among them were many familiar faces like Jackie Tan (red top) from the National Youth badminton squad and former national player, Ashton Chen (blue top).
Chen has previously represented Singapore in many competitions. Some of his most notable achievements includes being champion for the 2012 Li-Ning Singapore Nationals Men’s Singles and the 2012 Li-Ning Singapore International Series Runner-up.
Although he is an outstanding shuttler, Chen departed from the national team in April this year to focus on his studies.
But his love for the game appears to be going strong, as he was back on the court to represent his constituency, Pasir Ris West CSC.
Standing in Chen’s way was 17-year-old Jackie Tan, a junior national badminton player. The two had been drawn to meet in the first round of the Men’s Singles Division A category.
If there was any doubts lingering over Chen’s ability to still compete again after his retirement, he soon put it to rest with his swashbuckling style of play, matching Tan shot-for-shot.
Eventually, experience shone as Chen managed to outwit Tan and end the round 21-10, 21-14 to progress to the next stage.
“It has been a while since I trained in badminton. So, I thought this game was alright for me,” Chen said after the match.
“Jackie has got a lot of potential. He has the skill, the strength as well as the height. Perhaps he was still young. He probably needs a few more years, maybe another one or two year to shine.”
While Tan’s journey has ended, he was grateful for the opportunity to go up against a former national representative.
“This is my first time playing against him. I am really happy to have the chance to play with him because he just retired this year,” Tan shared.