Tommy Sugiarto defeats Lee Hyun-Il for Vietnam Open title

Congratulations to Tommy Sugiarto: (photo: PBSI)

Ho Chi Minh City: Top seed Tommy Sugiarto overcame the Korean veteran Lee Hyun-Il in straight-set 21-19, 21-19 to claim the Vietnam Open title on Sunday.Congratulations to Tommy Sugiarto: (photo: PBSI)

Lee Hyun-Il was never a threat to Tommy Sugiarto in the first set, as the Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto dominated from start to finish. However, Lee Hyun-Il started to put up formidable resistance in the second set, opened up an 11-6 lead at the interval. Tommy Sugiarto responded to Lee in a calm and controlled tone, slowly crawled back into the game to take the lead at 18-17. With Lee’s stamina and resistance had pretty much faded by the end of second set, Sugiarto finally took full advantage of Lee’s mistakes to win the game and to lift the Vietnam Open crown. Tommy Sugiarto levelled the head-to-head record with Lee Hyun-Il to 2-2 after the win on Sunday.

The Vietnam Open was Sugiarto’s second title of 2015, he defeated Raul Must to take home the Russian Open title in July.

In the all-Chinese men’s doubles final, top seeds Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen defeated compatriots Huang Kaixiang/ Wang Sijie 21-8, 21-16 to win their third consecutive international men’s doubles title. They have previously won both US Open and Canada Open in June.

Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani’s Cinderella run ended in loss to Japan’s Saena Kawakami. Fitriani had put up a fight before dropping her shield, surrendering 24-26, 21-18, 10-21 in a match that lasted 70 minutes.

A ruthless Jongkonphan Kittiharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai of Thailand confidently dispatched Indonesians Suci Rizky Andini/Maretha Dea Giovani 21-14, 21-12 to take the Vietnam Open women’s doubles title.

After came up short in his bid for the men’s doubles title, Huang Kaixiang went back again to the badminton court to partner Huang Dongping in the mixed doubles final. Huang Kaixiang was more successful in his second title attempt of the night, when he and Huang Dongping saw off a stubborn South Korean pair Choi Solgyu/ Chae Yoo Jung 21-19, 21-12 in 36 minutes to seal the Vietnam Open title.


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