# Malaysian mixed doubles pair finally win an international title this year

# Privateer Wei Feng falls in singles final

# Top seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong also beaten in men’s doubles final


After three failed attempts in previous three finals Malaysia’s number two mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing finally cleared the last hurdle to win the Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.

It was their maiden international title and the fast improving Malaysian pair has shown that given time they will soon be winning titles after coming together late last year

This year alone Kian Meng-Pei Jing reached three other finals but ended up losing each time. They were beaten in the final of the Malaysian Masters in Penang in January, the Yonex Poland International Challenge in Warsaw in March and the recent Yonex Taiwan Open Grand Prix Gold in Taipei.

However, on Sunday in Ho Chi Minh City the Malaysian pair, seeded third, showed the stuff to be worthy champions with a 21-16, 21-11 win over Indonesia’s fourth seeds Alfian Eko Prasetya-Annisa Saufika in 35 minutes to break the losing jinx.

In the semi-finals on Saturday the Malaysian pair upset second seeds Hafiz Faisal-Shella Devi Aulia 23-21, 21-19 in a closely fought 45-minute match.

“Although it is a lower ranked tournament but this title means a lot to us,” said Kian Meng from Ho Chi Minh City.

“It has boosted our confidence after three disappointments when we lost three finals. Hopefully it will spell of better things to come from now.”

Malaysia were in two others finals in the Vietnam Open but privateers Chong Wei Feng (men’s singles) and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (men’s doubles) failed in their respective events.

Wei Feng was beaten in a three-set final against Hong Kong’s fourth seed Vincent Wong Wing Ki who won 21-12, 14-21, 21-13 in 57 minutes. Former

Former All-England and Asian Games champions Kien Keat-Boon Heong – the top seeds – failed to ride on their 21-18 win in the first set and lost the next two 14-21, 7-21 against second seeds Lee Jhe-huei-Lee Yang of Taiwan in a 48 minute final.

The women’s doubles was an all-Indonesia affair with third seeds Della Destiara Haris-Rosyita Eka Putri Sari getting the better of fifth seeds Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah-Rizki Amelia Pradipta 21-11, 21-15.

The women’s singles was won by Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min who beat Ayumi Mine of Japan 21-14, 21-17 in the final.


RESULTS (All Finals)

Men’s singles

Vincent Wong Wing Ki (Hkg) beat Chong Wei Feng (Mas) 21-12, 14-21, 21-13


Men’s doubles

Lee Jhe-huei-Lee Yang (Tpe) beat Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas_ 18-21, 21-14, 21-7


Women’s singles

Yeo Jia Min (Sin) beat Ayumi Mine (Jpn) 21-14, 21-17


Women’s doubles

Della Destiara Haris-Rosyita Eka Putri Sari (Ina) beat Tiara Rosalia Niraidah-Rizki Amelia Pradipta (Ina) 21-11, 21-15


Mixed doubles

Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) beat Alfian Ekoa Prasetya-Annisa Saufika (Ina) 21-16, 21-11

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