Kuala Lumpur: Top seed Soong Joo Ven from Malaysia was playing with intensity and hunger in the Malaysia International Series final to eventually win his first title of the year on Sunday.
Facing his compatriot No. 2 seed Cheam June Wei in the final, Soong was leading all the way to wrap up the first set 21-13. The second set was more competitive than the previous game as Cheam came from 18-20 to level the game at 20-20. Soong then held his nerve to score the next two consecutive points to win the title in a 47-minute battle.
“I would like to push up my ranking by winning bigger tournaments after this. That would also make me eligible to play at higher level tournaments,” said Soong after the match.
The last time the World No. 66 won an international championship was at the 2012 Thailand International Series when he was just 17 years old.
“I am very happy with this victory, I have not won an international title for a long time, and I hope this will be a good start and I will try to achieve another success in the future,” added Soong.
“In the final, June Wei and I were playing with good quality game but I lost my focus momentarily at the end of the decider,” said the Selangor-born player.
In women’s doubles, Malaysia’s M Thinaah who just switched from women’s singles to women’s doubles, partnering with Pearly Tan to upset Indonesia’s top seed Febriana Kusuma/Ribka Sugiarto 21-16, 11-21, 21-18 in a 55-minute battle.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Eoon Qi Xuan wasn’t able to keep the women’s singles title on her home turf as she was defeated by Sri Fatmawati of Indonesia 19-21, 8-21.
The men’s doubles No. 4 seeds Low Hang Yee/Ng Eng Cheong put up a good fight in front of home crowd, unfortunately, the No. 3 seeds Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin from Indonesia were more consistent throughout the match to walked away with a 17-21, 21-17, 21-11 win.