Hyderabad: World No. 57 mixed doubles pair Hoo Pang Ron/Cheah Yee See of Malaysia captured their first BWF Tour title and took sweet revenge for their loss to Indonesia’s Adnan Maulana/Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso at Osaka International Challenge on April 2019, when they had to dig deep to overcome the Indonesians 16-21, 21-16, 21-11 in the final of the Hyderabad Open on Sunday.
Malaysia’s mixed doubles head coach, Chin Ee Hui told Malaysian media that Hoo/Cheah should keep their feet on the ground amid they still have a long way to go to become a prominent mixed doubles pair.
“I am happy for them; this was a much-needed breakthrough for Pang Ron and Yee See. This was a good start, hope they could keep improving,” said Chin.
“This is especially true to Hoo Pang Ron, because he came directly from the state badminton association, unlike other players that came from Bukit Jalil Sports School, therefore, he has to work harder,” added Chin.
“Now they’ll need to stay in shape and try to deliver good performance in the next tournament.”
Meanwhile, the 21-year-old Hoo Pang Ron told Malaysian media that they did not think about their previous defeat to the Indonesian pair in the final.
“We didn’t think too much about our loss to them at Osaka International Challenge on April 2019. We just played our best, and fortunately we ended up with the good results,”
Cheah Yee See, who had previously won the 2017 Russian Open with Chan Peng Soon also excited about the victory in Hyderabad.
“Winning our first international championship really mean a lot to me and my partner. This would definitely increase our confidence.”
In men’s singles, Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew fought hard before going down to No. 7 seed Sourabh Verma of India 13-21, 21-14, 16-21.
Despite disappointment in the men’s singles department, the women’s singles No. 1 seed Yeo Jia Min of Singapore managed to find the mental edge in the decider to fend off No. 2 seed An Se Young 12-21, 21-17, 21-19 to win the women’s singles title.