Future stars give Malaysian badminton hope

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Lim Chong King

They are hailed as the future stars in the game and they added some bright sparks for Malaysian badminton with successes in two international tournaments which ended in Hyderabad, India and in Sidirokastro in Greece.

And for mixed doubles pair, Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See it was celebration time at Balayogi Indoor Stadium in Gachibowli when they walked away with their maiden BWF Tour Super 100 title in the USD75,000 Hyderabad Open.
 
The Malaysians, however, had to dig deep into their reserves before securing a come-from-behind 16-21, 21-16, 21-11 win over Indonesians Adnan Maulana-Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso in a 44-minute encounter. The title came with USD5,925 prize money.
 
Their previous best was reaching the final of the Bangladesh International last year apart from the reaching the last four of the Macau Open. Victory in Hyderabad was all the more sweet for the Malaysian pair who lost to the Indonesians in the Osaka International in April.
 
In the USD10,000 Hellas Open in Greece, it was an all-Malaysian final in the men’s singles with Lim Chong King defeating compatriot Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin for the title – his first international title.
 
Chong King, 19, prevailed 8-21, 21-13, 21-15 in 56 minutes but it was not easy for the winner in the International Series tournament that was a test of character for the Malaysians who had to make a lot of sacrifices.
 
However, the Malaysians overcame the odds and S. Kisona made it a double joy for the Malaysian camp when she upset third seed Thet Htar Thuzar of Myanmar. The Malaysian, ranked 222 stunned the 84th ranked Thuzar 21-14, 21-9 in 28 minutes.
 
The next stop for the Malaysians is the Bulgaria Junior International Championships in Pazardzhik. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH
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