Lavrio: Malaysian badminton team scored big on Sunday when Malaysian shuttlers captured four out of five titles at the 2021 Hellas International what was held at the Lavrio Gym Stadium, in Lavrio, Greece.
The unseeded Yap Roy King/Valeree Siow who won the Latvia International last Sunday, downed No. 3 seeds Carl Christian Mork/Solvar Flaten Joergensen of Norway 21-13, 21-17 in 30 minutes before annexing the mixed doubles title.
Lee Shun Yang of Malaysia who lost to teammate Kok Jing Hong in the second round of Latvia International last Saturday managed to exact revenge by beating Kok Jing Hong in the quarter-finals of the Hellas International and overcame compatriot Shahyar Shaqeem 21-18, 18-21, 21-12 in the semi-finals. In the final, the unseeded Lee needed 44 minutes to see off No. 5 seed Jan Louda of the Czech Republic 21-14, 24-22 to claim his first international title at the senior level.
In the men’s doubles final, Malaysia’s Junaidi Arif/Muhammad Haikal who won the 2021 Austrian Open by defeating Lucas Corvee/Ronan Labar of France 21-17, 21-15 on May 30, 2021, delivered a dominant performance to brush aside Ondrej Kral/Adam Mendrek of Czech Republic 21-16, 21-15 for their second title of the season.
Low Yeen Yuan/Valeree Siow who already clinched the 2021 Slovenia International and Latvia International, continued their impressive record in Europe by outlasting No. 2 seeds Katharina Fink/Yasmine Hamza of Italy 21-15, 21-16 to pick up the Hellas International women’s doubles title.
Meanwhile, the No. 8 seed, Abigail Holden of England pulled off an upset to beat No. 4 seed Vivien Sandorhazi of Hungary 18-21, 21-15, 21-14 for the women’s singles title.