Bierun: World No. 83 Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin of Malaysia was all smiles on Sunday after clinching his second international title of the year – the Polish International crown in Bierun, Poland.
The Johor-born Iskandar was superb in the first set, closed out Anders Antonsen of Denmark with 21-12. Nevertheless, the Dane began the second game more aggressively and provided higher level of resistance throughout the whole second set. Antonsen was leading for most of the second set, before Iskandar recomposed himself and fought off two points deficit to level the score at 18-18. Iskandar then sparked a surge that saw him reel off the next three points to claim the Polish International men’s title.
24-year-old Iskandar captured his first ever international title at the Singapore International Series on August 22 this year.
Ho Yen Mei of Malaysia got the last laugh in Bierun, after she orchestrated a straight-set dismissal of compatriot Lim Chiew Sien 21-16, 21-12 in the women’s singles finals.
There was no triple joy for Malaysia as Wong Fai Yin-Chow Mei Kuan bowed out 21-19, 21-12 to Denmark’s Kasper Antonsen-Amanda Madsen in mixed doubles.
Meanwhile, Malaysian shuttlers played some really good badminton at another International Series tournament that was ended on Sunday.
Darren Isaac Devadas-Vountus Indra Mawan took home their second men’s doubles international title after closing out a grueling three-set victory over top seeds Matthew Chau/Sawan Serasinghe of Australia 22-24, 21-10, 21-14 in 50 minutes at the Maribyrnong International Series in Australia. The Malaysian pair won their first international title together at last week’s Auckland International Series.
Julia Wong Pei Xian bagged the Maribyrnong International Series women’s singles title after defeating Australia’s Wendy Chen 20-22, 21-19, 21-14.