Monday, November 18, 2013

Thien How-Wee Kiong Fail To Clinch China Open Title

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's number two ranked men's doubles pair Hoon Thien How/Tan Wee Kiong failed in their bid to clinch the China Open title in Shanghai Sunday after going down to South Korea's number one pair.

Despite putting up a good fight, the duo who had overcome the odds to beat China's number one pair on Saturday, found the South Korean pair of Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong, a tough nut to crack, going down 13-21, 12-21.

Host China took three titles, namely men's and women's singles and women's doubles.

In the men's singles, Chen Long defeated compatriot Wang Zhengming 19-21, 21-8, 21-14, while in the women's singles Li Xuerui beat teammate Wang Shixian 16-21, 21-17, 21-19.

In the women's doubles, world number one pair Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang easily downed another Chinese pair Bao Yixin/Zhong Qianxin 21-13, 21-7.

In the mixed doubles competition, Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen of Denmark lost to Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia 10-21, 21-5, 17-21.

Since it was introduced in 1991, only two Malaysians have managed to clinch titles in the China Open, namely the men's singles title by Wong Choong Hann in 2002 and the women's singles by Wong Mew Chew, currently Datuk Lee Chong Wei's wife, in 2007.

--BERNAMA

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