PETALING JAYA: World No. 10 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong finally got it right to nail their first-ever men’s doubles title at the Macau Open GP Gold on Sunday.
The pair had come close in the China Open last month, only to lose to South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong in the final.
This time, there was no denying Thien How-Wee Kiong as they were focused right till the end to score an upset over world No. 8 Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin of Taiwan, winning 21-16, 21-19.
In doing so, they became only the second Malaysian pair this season to win a title after the now defunct partnership of Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah at the Malaysian Open GP Gold in May.
Thien How-Wee Kiong held a comfortable lead in the first game and it didn’t seem like they would face any problems from Sheng-mu-Chia-hsin after a 21-16 win.
But the Malaysians were given a tougher time in the second game, trailing 3-9 at one point before slowly reeling in their opponents for a career best result.
“We’re definitely very happy to finally win and become champions for the first time in our career,” said Wee Kiong.
“To be honest, it wasn’t easy at all. We trailed by a big gap in the second game and we had to calm ourselves down to get back into the game.
“We encouraged each other and managed to keep our focus to the end. It’s definitely our best moment,” added Wee Kiong.
In the men’s singles, South Korea’s Son Wan-ho ended the title hopes of Taiwan’s Hsueh Hsuan-yi with a 21-11, 21-15 win. It was Wan-ho’s second title since making a competitive return following a year of military service. Earlier, he won the Taiwan Open.
There was also joy for India’s 18-year-old starlet P.V. Sindhu in the women’s singles final. She scored a 21-15, 21-12 win over Michelle Li to deny the Canadian the chance of becoming the first-ever GP Gold winner from North America.
In the women’s doubles, China’s Bao Yixin-Tang Jinhua won their fifth title on the trot after defeating compatriots Yu Xiaohan-Huang Yaqiong 21-17, 21-15.
China also won the mixed doubles title with Kai Lu-Huang Yaqiong coming back from a game down to beat South Korea’s Choi Sol-kyu-Chae Yoo-jung 17-21, 21-18, 21-17.