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Category: Badminton News Published: 01 December 2008
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ZAKRY Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari fought gallantly but an equally impressive South Koreans Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae denied them glory in a cliffhanger men’s doubles final in the Hong Kong Open yesterday.

Zakry-Fairuz threw everything they had at their opponents against Jae Sung-Yong Dae but the Koreans stubbornly hung on for a 25-23, 19-21, 22-20 win in an exciting one-hour battle.Zakry Latif (right) and Fairuzizuan Tazari lost to Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae in a close fought match yesterday.


This was probably the the closest final of the year and the best Zakry-Fairuz have come up with could offer but Jae Sung-Yong Dae proved they had the mental strength to nail a fifth title this year.

“This is probably our best performance since winning the Singapore and Indonesia Opens (in June) but we were a little unfortunate. Jae Sung-Yong Dae also played well,” said Zakry in a telephone interview from Hong Kong yesterday.

“We struggled in the semis against Koo (Kien Keat) and Tan (Boon Heong) but Rexy told us to believe in each others’ ability. We had faith in ourselves and that really helped.” us to stay in the game despite losing the close first game.

“We are confident now that we can play well and we must maintain our consistency. The next target is the Super Series Master Finals in Kota Kinabalu (on Dec 18-21) where we are aiming for the title.

“Our form is improving at the right time and we can only get better from here.”

Jae Sung-Yong Dae dominated the first game but the a fighting Malaysians Zakry-Fairuz saved four game points before surrendering 25-23.

Such a close call would normally see a meltdown by from a Malaysian pair but Zakry-Fairuz showed they are were made of sterner stuff as they overturned the Koreans’ 19-17 advantage to win 21-17 to take the match to a decider.

Zakry-Fairuz They looked to be in trouble at the start in the beginning of the fifth game when they trailed 0-5 but battled to Zakry-Fairuz level led the score in quick time before engaging in a gripping battle.

They went on to lead take a 13-10 lead but Jae Sung-Yong Dae bounced back again every time the Malaysians threatened to take a run away.

Despite Zakry’s heroics at the crucial stages, the Koreans remained composed to take the match and their efforts were even acknowledged by national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky who even hugged Yong Dae for a brilliant performance.

Zakry, in a telephone interview from Hong Kong, said although they had played above themselves, Jae Sung-Yong Dae had the element of luck to pull through at the crucial stages.

“This is probably our best performance since winning the Singapore and Indonesia Opens (in June) but we were a little unfortunate. Jae Sung-Yong Dae also played well,” said Zakry.

“We struggled in the semis against Koo (Kien Keat) and Tan (Boon Heong) but Rexy told us to believe in each others’ ability. We had faith in ourselves and that really helped to stay in the game despite losing the close first game.

“We are confident now that we can play well and we must maintain our consistency. The next target is the Super Series Master Finals in Kota Kinabalu (on Dec 18-21) where we are aiming for the title,” said Fairuz.

“Our form is improving at the right time and we can only get better from here.”

The men’s singles was another masterpiece between Olympic champion Lin Dan of China and his compatriot Chen Jin which the latter clinched with a 9-21, 21-9, 21-17 victory in 63 minutes.

Lin Dan was blown off course in the first game by Chen Jin and it was the Olympic champion’s turn to do the same in the second to set up a deciding game which kept the fans at the edge of the seats.

They fought neck and neck until the score was tied 13-13 but Chen Jin looked unstoppable after that to secure his second title and a third win in four meetings over his more established opponent this year.

Wang Chen of Hong Kong gave the local crowd plenty to cheer about when she beat Xie Xingfang of China 21-16, 10-21, 21-10 in the women’s singles final.

Zhang Yawen-Zhao Tingting of China outplayed defeated compatriots Cheng Shu-Zhao Yunlei 21-14, 21-13 for in the women’s doubles crown.

Yawen had earlier won the mixed doubles with Xie Zhongbo after beating Olympic champions Yong Dae-Lee Hyo Jung of Korea 21-14, 21-16.


RESULTS (All Finals) — Men’s singles: Chen Jin (Chn) bt Lin Dan (Chn) 21-9, 9-21, 21-17; Doubles: Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae (Kor) bt Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari (Mas) 25-23, 19-21, 22-20.

Women’s singles: Wang Chen (HK) bt Xie Xingfang (Chn) 21-16, 10-21, 21-10; Doubles: Zhang Yawen-Zhao Tingting (Chn) bt Cheng Shu-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) 21-14, 21-13.

Mixed doubles: Xie Zhongbo-Zhang Yawen (Chn) bt Lee Yong Dae-Lee Hyo Jung (Kor) 21-14, 21-16.

 

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