PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Ho Yen Mei capped her stunning campaign in the Russian Open by beating Shiori Ebihara of Japan in the women’s singles badminton final in Vladivostock today.
The unseeded Yen Mei, who is playing her first competition since January after recovering from injuries, had a wonderful end to her tournament by winning 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in 67 minutes.
This is her second title since winning the Polish Open in 2015.
Former national shuttlers Mohd Arif Abdul Latif-Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub also picked up the men’s doubles title without lifting their racquets after Russian oppponents and second seeds Konstantin Abramov-Alexandr Zinchenko conceded a walkover.
However, national No. 1 women’s doubles pair Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean failed in their bid to hand Malaysia the third title.
The pair, who are bound for the Nanjing World Championships, lost 11-21, 18-21 to
Japan’s Chisato Hoshi-Kie Nakahishi in the final.
RESULTS (all finals)
Men’s singles: Sourabh Verma (Ind) bt Koki Watanabe (Jpn) 18-21, 21-12, 21-17.
Men’s doubles: Mohd Arif Abdul Latif-Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub (Mas) bt Konstantin Abramov-Alexandr Zinchenko (Rus) walkover.
Women’s singles: Ho Yen Mei (Mas) bt Shiori Ebihara (Jpn) 22-20, 11-21, 21-18.
Women’s doubles: Chisato Hoshi-Kie Nakahishi (Jpn) bt Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean (Mas) 21-11, 21-18.
Mixed doubles: Vladimir Ivanov-Kim Min-kyung (Rus-Kor) bt Rohan Kapoor-Garg Kuhoo (Ind) 21-19, 21-17.