Gniezno: Malaysia’s World No. 136 Ng Tze Yong pulled off a huge upset against World No. 54 Pablo Abian of Spain in the 2021 Polish Open final on Sunday.
Although the No. 2 seed from Spain reeled off seven consecutive points, rallying from 10-15 to lead at 17-15 in the first set, Ng was not in any way terrified by the Spaniard, keeping his cool to score one point at a time by winning the game 21-19.
Abian looked demoralized after the first set defeat, struggling with his shot accuracy to allow Ng to roar past him with 21-11 in the second set to win his second international title.
Ng’s first victory as a senior badminton player from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) was at the 2019 South Australian International Championship, where he emerged champion after South Korean Lee Hyun II withdrew in the second set at 23-21, 5-1.
In an all-Malaysian men’s doubles final, Man Wei Chong/Tee Kai Wun outlasted compatriots Yee Jun Chang/Chia Weijie 21-17, 20-22, 21-19 in 49 minutes to claim the title.
Meanwhile, Choong Hon Jian/Toh Ee Wei also clinched the mixed doubles title by overcoming Swiss pair Nicolas A Mueller/Ronja Stern 21-16, 21-12 in 28 minutes.
The women’s doubles final saw No. 1 seeds Bengisu Ercetin/Nazlıcan Inci of Turkey defeated Zuzanna Jankowska/Anastasia Khomich of Poland 21-11, 21-12 while the No. 2 seed in women’s singles, Kristin Kuuba of Estonia rallied past Tanya Hemanth of India 24-22, 21-14 to win the Polish Open title.