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A golden debut for Fazriq in Badminton Asia U15

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Malaysia’s up and coming youngster Muhammad Fazriq Mohamad Razif made his parents proud by winning the boys’ Under-15 doubles title with partner Ong Zhen Yi in the Badminton Asia Under-17 & Under-15 Junior Championships which ended in Yangon on Sunday.

In the stands watching him was his dad, former Olympian Datuk Razif Sidek and mum Datin Khalidah Khalid who had travelled to watch their youngest child play in the first Asian Championships.

The win was very special for Fazriq as it is the first step towards achieving his dream to follow in the footsteps of his famous father who forged a deadly partnership with his elder brother (Datuk Jailani) when in their teens and among the money titles they won was the prestigious All England apart from the Olympics bronze in Barcelona.

“He has the skills in the game. But he needs to more consistent and have patience in his game. Right now he is somewhat erratic and is always in a hurry. If he can overcome this shortcomings I him as a great player,” said Razif.

“Still, the gold in the doubles is a big boost for his confidence. I see him a better player in the singles but let him decide. For now he will play both the singles and the doubles.”

As for Fazriq he was quick to say that the doubles title makes up for the defeat in the singles semi-finals to eventual winner Riki Takei of Japan. 

Meanwhile the Thais celebrated with Kunlavut Vitidsarn and Pattarasuda Chaiwan retaining their Under-17 boys’ and girls’ singles titles respectively.

Kunlavut started the ball rolling for the Thais when he handed Malaysia’s Jhy Dar a 21-6, 21-8 thrashing on Court 1.

Soon after Pattarasuda stepped onto the same court and the lanky Thai who won the silver medal in this year’s Badminton Asia Under-19 Championships in Bintaro, Jakarta, gunned down Japan’s Riko Gunji with an easy 21-5, 21-15 win to retain her title.

“I would not have asked for anything better in Yangon to boost my confidence for the world meet,” said Kunlavut who is hoping for a podium finish in the world championships.

Kunlavut has set his eyes on the world championships.

“That is what I want. I am very happy to retain my Asian title but the celebrations can take a back seat for now as I switch my focus to the world meet.”

Pattarasuda was jubilant with her win and said the easy win in Yangon does not mean that it will be the same in the world championships.

“Of course it is nice to retain my Under-17 title…it sort of gives me the confidence to face the challenge in Jogjakarta. My country will be counting on Kunlavut and me to win a medal and we hope to achieve that,” said Pattarasuda.

The boys’ Under-15 final was a thriller all the way and the fighting display of the two-finalists – Japan’s Riki Takei (5th seed) and Thailand’s third seed Puritat Arree saw some of the best badminton from the two young talent.

The 75-minute match showed the intensity of the match and in the end it was Takei who came off the winner – coming back from a game down for a 13-21, 21-17, 21-16 win and the title. The match kept the supporters on the edge of their seats.

The girls’ Under-15 singles final was not short of the badminton talent. India’s No 3 seed Samiya Imad Farooqui also came back from a game down to outlast Indonesia’s unseeded Stephani Widjaja.

Samiya – cheered on by a large Indian crowd at the Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium won a nail-biting 56-minute final 15-21, 21-17, 21-19 to give India their only title in the championships.

 

ALL FINALS

UNDER-17

BOYS

Singles

Kunlavut Vitidsarn (THA) beat Ooi Jhy Dar (MAS) 21-6, 21-8

 

Doubles

Cheng Kai Wen-Chiu Yuh Hong (TPE) beat Jacky Kok Jing Hong-Ooi Jhy Dar (MAS) 21-18, 21-16

 

WOMEN

Singles

Pattarasuda Chaiwan (THA) beat Riko Gunji (JPN) 21-5, 21-15

 

Doubles

Putri Larasati-Melanni Mamahit (INA) beat Kelly Larissa-Shelandry Vyola (INA) 21-14, 21-15

 

Mixed Doubles

Ko Shing Hei-Yeung Pui Lam (HKG) beat Leo Rolly Carnando-Metya Inayah Cindiani (INA) 21-10, 21-19

 

UNDER 15

BOYS

Singles

Riki Takei (JPN) beat Puritat Arree (THA) 13-21, 21-17, 21-16

 

Doubles

Muhammad Fazriq Mohamad Razif-Ong Zhen Yi (MAS) beat Lin Hao-chi-Wen Sheng Hao (TPE) 21-16, 21-16

 

WOMEN

Singles

Stephani Widjaja (INA) beat Samiya Imad Farooqui (IND) 15-21, 21-17, 21-19

 

Doubles

Pornpicha Choeikeewong-Pornnicha Suwatananodom (THA) beat Kittaporn Jiantanet-Sasikarn Piyawatcharavijit (THA) 21-11, 23-21

 

Mixed doubles

Muhammad Ridwanul Arifin-Fadillah Nur Hidayah (NA) beat Wisa Srisuriya-Pornnicha Suwatanodom (THA) 22-20, 21-16

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