Malaysia para badminton players on the verge of a four medal golden haul
The men’s doubles pairs failed to progress but Malaysia are on the verge of golden haul with four finalists in the Fazza-Dubai Para Badminton International.
Muhammad Ikwan Ramli, Noor Azwan Noorlan, Cheah Liek Hou and Didin Taresoh are all through to the finals of their respective men’s singles class.
Muhammad Huzairi Abdul Malek was the sole Malaysian singles in action today to fail to get past his semi-final opponent. Huzairi was beaten 7-21, 17-21 by second seeded Pramod Bhagat of India.
Ikhwan started the ball rolling for the Malaysians when he gunned down Prem Kumar Ale of India 21-18, 21-17 in the men’s singles WH1 class semi-finals. He will play top seed David Toupe of France in the final.
The Malaysian had lost twice to Toupe in the international arena but defeated the French player when they last met at the Thailand Para Badminton in 2019.
Ikhwan failed to make it a grand double final appearance when he and partner Noor Azwan Noorlan were unable to tame the French pair of Thomas Jakobs-Toupe in the men’s doubles WH1 class. The duo took the first game but ran out steam, losing 21-12, 18-21, 9-21.
However, Azwan will still feature in a final as he defeated third seed Luca Ogliati of Switzerland 8-21, 21-19, 21-17 in the men’s singles WH2 class. He faces a tough final match against top seeded German Rick Cornell Hellman.
Malaysia’s best bets for the title Liek Hou and Didin are both up against the top seeds in their respective class finals.
Like Hou booked his place in the men’s singles SU5 class final with a composed 21-18, 21-16 win over Indonesian Suryo Nugroho. He faces another Indonesian in the form of top ranked Dheva Anrimusthi in a repeat of the 2019 final here.
Dheva defeated Like Hou for the title two years ago and has a better 5-2 track record against Liek Hou. However, Like Hou, with former Olympic bronze medalist Rashid Sidek guiding him, defeated Dheva in their last meeting at the Brazil Para Badminton last year.
As for Didin, he defeated Russian Alexander Mekhdiev 21-9, 21-16 in the combined SH6 class semi-finals. His opponent in the final, India’s Nagar Krishna defeated him at the same tournament in 2019 and again at their last meeting at the Thailand Para Badminton two years ago.
Didin will be looking to rediscover the form that saw him defeating Nagar in their first meeting three years ago at the Asian Para Games semi-finals.
In the men’s doubles SL3-SL4 class, India’s Sukant Kadam-Kumar Nitesh denied Muhammad Huzairi Abdul Malek-Muhamad Zulfatihi Jaafar a place in the final with a 21-19, 19-21, 21-13 win.
MEN’S SINGLES SU5: Cheah Liek Hou (Mas) bt Suryo Nugroho (Ina) 21-18, 21-16 ; Dheva Anrimusthi (Ina) bt Bartiomej Mrz (Pol) 21-14, 21-11
MEN’S SINGLES SL3: Kumar Nitesh (Ind) bt Manoj Sarkar (Ind) 21-19, 22-20; Pramod Bhagat (Ind) bt Muhammad Huzairi Abdul Malek (Mas) 21-7, 21-17
MEN’S SINGLES SL4: Sukant Kadam (Ind) bt Marcel Adam (Ger) 21-11, 21-11; Lucas Mazur (Fra) bt Pavel Kulikov (Rus) 21-13, 21-5
MEN’S SINGLES WH 1: David Toupe (Fra) bt Keita Nishimura (Jpn) 21-15, 21-12; Muhammad Ikhwan Ramli (Mas) bt Prem Kumar Ale (Ind) 21-18, 21-17
MEN’S SINGLES WH 2: Rick Cornell Hellmann (Ger) bt Marc Elmer (Sui) 21-8, 21-16; Noor Azwan Noorlan (Mas) bt Luca Olgiati (Sui) 8-21, 21-19, 21-17
COMBINED SH6: Nagar Krishna (Ind) bt Charles Noakes (Fra) 21-14, 21-8; Didin Taresoh (Mas) bt Alexander Mekhdiev (Rus) 21-9, 21-16
MEN’S DOUBLES SL3-SL4: Sukant Kadam-Kumar Nitesh (Ind) bt Muhammad Huzairi Abdul Malek-Muhamad Zulfatihi Jaafar (Mas) 21-19, 19-21, 21-13 ; Pramod Bhagat-Manoj Sarkar (Ind) bt Mohammad Arwaz Ansari-Deep Ranjan Bisoyee (Ind) 21-19, 23-21
MEN’S DOUBLES SU5: Suryo Nugroho-Fredy Setiawan (Ina) bt Chirag Baretha-Rahul Kumar Verma (Ind) 21-8, 21-19; Meril Loquette-Lucas Mazur (Fra) bt Oleg Dontsov-Pavel Kulikov (Rus) 21-15, 21-13
MEN’S DOUBLES WH 1 – WH 2: Thomas Jakobs-David Toupe (Fra) bt Noor Azwan Noorlan-Muhammad Ikwan Ramli (Mas) 12-21, 21-18, 21-9; Prem Kumar Ale-Abu Hubaida (Ind) bt Marc Elmer-Alexander Polstyankin (Sui-Rus) 21-12, 21-7
WOMEN’S SINGLES SL3 Manasi Girishchandra Joshi (Ind) bt Charanjeet Kaur (Ind) 21-12, 21-6; Oksana Kozyna (Ukr) bt Parul Dalsukhbhai Parmar (Ind) 21-11, 22-20
WOMEN’S SINGLES SL4: Helle Sofie Sagoy (Nor) bt Sophie van den Broek (Ned) 21-6, 21-6; Leani Atri Oktila (Ina) bt Salama Alkhateri (UAE) 21-1, 21-6
WOMEN’S SINGLES SU5: Megan Hollander (Ned) bt Ivanna Redka (Ukr) 21-19, 21-11; Palak Kohli (Ind) bt Beatriz Monteiro (Por) 21-18, 21-15
WOMEN’S SINGLES WH 1: Cynthia Mathez (Sui) bt Henriet Koosz (Aut) 21-13, 21-14; Karin Suter-Erath (Sui) bt To Man-kei (Ger) 22-20, 21-16
WOMEN’S SINGLES WH2: Emine Seckin (Tur) bt Liliia Prokofeva (Rus) 21-4, 21-5; Tatiana Gureeva (Rus) bt Ammu Mohan (Ind) 21-2, 21-3
WOMEN’S DOUBLES SL3-SU5: Lenaig Morin-Faustine Noel (Fra) bt Manasi Girishchandra Joshi-Arati Janoba Patil (Ind) 21-10, 21-12; Leani Ratri Oktila-Khalimatus Sadiyah (Ina) bt Palak Kohli-Parul Dalsukhbhai Parmar (Ind) 21-10, 21-8
WOMEN’S DOUBLES WH1 – WH2: Emine Seckin-To Man-Kei (Tur-Ger) bt Liliia Prokofeva-Nataliia Prokofeva (Rus) 21-3, 21-9; Cynthia Mathez-Karin Suter-Erath (Sui) bt Henriet Koosz-Ilari Renggli ((Aut-Sui) 21-19, 21-18
MIXED DOUBLES SL3-SU5: Hary Susanto-Leani Ratri Oktila (Ina) bt Pavel Kulikov-Lenaig Morin (Rus-Fra) 21-8, 21-9; Lucas Mazur-Faustine Noel (Fra) bt Pramod Bhagat-Plak Kohli (Ind) 21-17, 21-5
MIXED DOUBLES WH1-WH2: Prem Kumar Ale-Tatiana Gureeva (Ind-Rus) bt Girishkumar Janyanthilal Sharma-Shaimaa Samy Ab D Elatiff (Ind-Egy) 21-5, 21-17; Luca Olgiati-Karin Suter-Erath (Sui) bt Marc Elmer-Cynthia Mathez (Sui) 21-6, 21-15
MIXED DOUBLES SH6 EXHIBITION: Charles Noakes-Nina Kozlova (Fra-Ukr) bt Jeremia Ngungi Maringa-Corrine Mwaniga (Ken) 21-6, 21-8