KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 — Malaysia’s Wong Choong Hann had to be contented with runner-up position when he lost to Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh in the men’s singles final of the Taiwan Open badminton championship here Sunday.
According to the tournament’s website, Choong Hann lost to Tien Minh in straight sets of 11-21 and 14-21.
Yesterday, the 32-year-old Malaysian had succeeded in knocking out Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat in 21-18 and 21-16 in the semifinal.
Last week, Choong Hann also had to play bridesmaid when he lost to compatriot Datuk Lee Chong Wei in 21-15, 21-19 in the Macau Open final.
The last time Choon Hann won the Taiwan Open was in 2003 when he beat Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the final.
The mixed doubles title was won by Indian pair Valiyaveetil Diju/ Jwala Gutta after they defeated Indonesian pair Hendra Aprida Gunawan/ Vita Marissa in 23-21, 21-18 in the final.
The hosts bagged two titles — women’s singles and mens doubles.
In the women’s singles, Shao Chieh Cheng defeated Seung Hee Bae of South Korea in 17-21, 21-12, 21-15 while their men’s pair of Hong Ling Chen/Yu Lang Lin defeated Hong Kong pair Yohan Hadikusumo Wiramata/Wai Hong Wong in 14-21, 21-12, 21-19.
China only took the women’s doubles title when their world 17th ranked pair Yang Wei/Zhang Jiewen defeated the Indonesian-United States combination pair of Vita Marissa/Mona Santosa in 21-14, 21-9.