Malaysia are assured of at least one title at the Bangladesh International Challenge after both national mixed doubles pairs qualified for the finals. Malaysia will also have representatives in the men’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles finals in Dhaka.
In the mixed doubles semi-finals, third seeds Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See gunned down India’s M.R. Arjun-K. Maneesha 21-16 21-11 in their semi-final match. They will play Choong Hon Jian-Payee Lim Peiy Yee in the finals.
Hon Jian-Paiey Yee were stretched to the distance by Prad Tangsrirapeephan-Supamart Mingchua of Thailand before winning 21-11, 19-21, 21-14.
Pang Ron-Yee See are searching for their third title, having also won the India International Challenge and the Hyderabad Open earlier this year.
Leong Jun Hao is through to the men’s singles finals, but the 20-year-old faces an uphill task as he will be up against top seeded Laksya Sen of India.
The unseeded Jun Hao defeated fourth seeded Canadian Sheng Xiaodeng of Canada 21-16, 21-12 in his semi-final match. As for Lakshya he faced stiff resistace from Indonesian third seed Ikhsan Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay before claking up a 21-18, 21-16 win.
It would only be Jun Hao’s third senior international appearance, having also reached the Malaysia International two years ago, where he lost to compatriot Iskandar Zulkarnain. Last year the world number 239 beat Cheam June Wei to lift the Finnish Open crown.
Lakshya, the former Asian junior champion, is currently ranked 41, and is looking to win his fifth international crown. He won the Scottish Open, Saar Lor Lux Open, Dutch Open and the Belgian International earlier this year. He opted not to take part in the World Junior championships this year to concentrate on the senior circuit. He was a silver medallist at the 2018 World Juniors as well as the bronze medallist in the singles and gold in the mixed doubles at the Youth Olympics last year.
Jun Hao had pulled off an upset win over second seed Kodai Naraoka of Japan in the quarter-finals, and it is going to take another herculean effort for his to stop Lakshya.
Hopes of an all-Malaysian men’s doubles finals was dashed after Chen Tang Jie-Choong Hon Jian were beaten 16-21, 16-21 by India’s M.R. Arjun-Dhruv Kapila in the semi-finals. However, Chang Yee Jun-Tee Wai Kun overcame a second game fightback from Thailand’s Prad Tangsrirapeephan-Apichasit Teerawiwat to win 21-15, 23-21 and book their place in the finals.
The Malaysian pair are the fourth seeds and would start off as the favourites in the final but have to be wary of the Indian pair.
Having already bested their quarter-final appearance at the Malaysian International Challenge earlier this year, the Malaysian pair would be gunning to end the year on a winning note.
Top seeds Pearly Tan Koong Le-Thinaah Muralitharan, who had qualified for the semi-finals without playing match, defeated Thailand’s Chananchida Jucharoen-Walaiphan Patimon 21-9, 21-9 to book their place in the finals.
The top seeds received a bye in the first round and were gifted a walkover by the Bangladesh pair of Urmi Akter-Dulali Haidar in the quarter-final.
The Malaysian International Challenge and India International Challenge winners will play India’s K Maneesha-Rutaparna Panda in the final
Men’s singles: Lakshya Sen (Ind) bt Ikhsan Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay (Ina) 21-18 21-16; Leong Jun Hao (Mas) bt Xiaodong Sheng (Can) 21-16 21-12
Men’s doubles:M.R. Arjun-Dhruv Kapila (Ind) bt Chen Tang Jie-Choong Hon Jian (Mas) 21-16, 21-16; Yen Jun Chang-Kai Wun Kee (Mas) bt Prad Tangsrirapeephan-Apichasit Teerawiwat (Tha) 21-15, 23-21
Women’s singles: Crystal Pan (USA) bt Samiya Imad Farooqui (Ind) 21-13 21-13; Thuy Linh Nguyen (Vie) bt Iris Wang (USA) 21-17 21-17
Women’s doubles: Maneesha K-Rutaparna Panda (Ind) bt Ruethaichanok Laisuan-Supamart Mingchua (Tha) 21-15 24-22; Pearly Tan Koong Le-Thinaah Muralitharan (Mas) bt Chananchida Jucharoen-Walaiphan Patimon (Tha) 21-9 21-9
Mixed doubles: Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See (Mas) bt M.R. Arjun-Maneesha K (Ind) 21-16 21-11; Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See (Mas) bt M.R. Arjun-Maneesha K (Ind) 21-16 21-11