Goh Jin Wei tops Fitriani Fitriani to win Orleans International

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Goh Jin Wei on the podium at the Orleans International.

Orleans: 16-year-old Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia capped a remarkable comeback by winning the Orleans International women’s singles title on Sunday.Goh Jin Wei on the podium at the Orleans International.

Goh Jin Wei was pressed hard by Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani early in the opening set, but was able to take control later in the game to win 21-15.

The Malaysian shuttler found herself struggling for form in the second set, allowing Fitriani to claim second set 21-10.

Fortunately, it was a relatively easy affair for Goh in the decider, when she looked formidable to race past 18-year-old Fitriani 21-7 to emerge victorious in the final.

After winning the Belgian International last September and Vietnam International last October, Orleans International became Goh Jin Wei’s third international title at the senior level. Goh is expected to climb up 10 spots to World No. 78 in the BWF rankings that will be released next week.

“Although Jin Wei failed to make the semi-finals at last week’s Polish Open, but she has shown good progress, and I think it’s a right move to send Jin Wei and others to play in European tournaments instead of registering them for the Malaysian Open next week,” said Morten Frost, the technical director of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

Denmark’s Emil Holst defeated his teammate Rasmus Fladberg 21-17, 21-13 to win the men’s title, while Richard Eidestedt/Nico Ruponen of Sweden prevailed over Indonesians Hardianto Hardianto/Kenas Adi Haryanto 13-21, 21-12, 21-19 in 53 minutes to lift the men’s doubles title.

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