Malaysian back-up shuttlers have bagged three titles at the Bangladesh International Badminton Challenge in Dhaka.
Top seeds Pearly Tan Koong Le-Thinaah Muralitharan gave Malaysia their first title when they overcame a stiff resistance from India’s K Maneesha-Rutaparna Panda before emerging 22-20, 21-19 victors in the women’s doubles.
It is the pairs third title of the year, having also won the India International Challenge and the Malaysia International Series. But it is probably the easiest as they needed to win just two games to lift the title. They received a bye in the first round, a walkover in the second and easily defeated Thailand’s Chananchida Jucharoen-Walaiphan Patimon 21-9, 21-9 in the semi-finals.
The mixed doubles title was all assured with both finalists coming from Malaysia. Third seeds Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See lived up to their favourites tag with a 21-21-19 win over teammates Choong Hon Jian-Payee Lim Peiy Yee in the final.
Like Pearly and Thinaah, it is also the pairs third international title of the year. Pang Ron-Yee See were victorious at the India International Challenge and the Hyderebad Open earlier this year. The win also made up for their disappointment in losing in the finals last year to Indonesians Leo Rolly Carnando-Indah Chaya Sari Jamil.
Fourth seeds Chang Yee Jun-Tee Kai Wun gave Malaysia their third title when they defeated India’s M.R. Arjun-Dhruv Kapila (Ind) 21-19 21-16 in the men’s doubles final.
It would have been four titles but Leong Jun Hao came a cropper in the men’s singles final. Jun Hao gave his all but could not find a way past top seeded Lakshya Sen, losing 20-22, 18-21 in the final. It would be Lakshya’s fifth international title of the year, after opting out of playing in the world junior championships this year to concentrate on senior circuit.
Jun Hao, who had beaten second seeded Japanese Kodai Naraoka in the quarter-finals, would have to contend with the prospect of improving his current world ranking of 239 with the runners-up finish in Dhaka.
Men’s singles: Lakshya Sen (Ind) bt Leong Jun Hao (Mas) 22-20 21-18
Women’s singles: Thuy Linh Nguyen (Vie) bt Crystal Pan (USA) 21-8 21-16
Men’s doubles: Chang Yee Jun-Tee Kai Wun (Mas) bt M.R. Arjun-Dhruv Kapila (Ind) 21-19 21-16
Women’s doubles: Pearly Tan Koong Le-Thinaah Muralitharan (Mas) bt Maneesha K-Rutaparna Panda (Ind) 22-20 21-19
Mixed doubles: Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See (Mas) bt Choong Hon Jian-Payee Lim Peiy Yee (Mas) 21-8 21-19