Malaysia’s Cheah Liek Hou was among five double titlists on the final day of the HULIC-DAIHATSU Japan Para-Badminton International 2017 in Machida City yesterday.
The others were Korea’s Kim Jung Jun, China’s Cheng Hefang, England’s Jack Shephard and Thailand’s Sujirat Pookkham.
Top seed Cheah (featured image) won the Men’s Singles SU 5 beating Japan’s Tetsuo Ura 21-10 21-8 and then returned for the Men’s Doubles with Hairol Fozi Saaba. The Malaysians justified their top seeding holding off 3-4 seeds Kim Gi Yeon/Shin Kyung Hwan 21-16 13-21 21-10.
China’s Cheng Hefang and Thailand’s Sujirat Pookkham were double title winners among the women.
Cheng won the Women’s Singles SL 4 category beating Thailand’s Chanida Srinavakul 21-7 21-3 before partnering Ou Wie for the Mixed Doubles SL 3 – SU 5 to beat France’s Lucas Mazur/Faustine Noel 13-21 21-18 21-13.
The closest match of the day was in the Men’s Singles SS 6 all-England final between Jack Shephard and Krysten Coombs. All three games were hotly contested, with Shepard pulling off a 23-21 win in the second game and beating Coombs by the same narrow margin in the third after 49 minutes: 18-21 23-21 23-21.
The two Englishmen then combined for the D SS 6 final against India’s Mark Joseph Dharmai and Hong Kong’s Chun Yim Wong and emerged comfortable victors at 21-17 21-8.
Sujirat Pookkham and Amnouy Wetwithan were triumphant in the Women’s Doubles WH 1 – WH 2 over Germany’s Valeska Knoblauch/Elke Rongen, 21-10 21-6, after which Pookkham took to the court for the Women’s Singles WH 1 and surprised top seed Karin Suter-Erath (Switzerland) 21-13 21-9.
England’s Rachel Choong captured the Women’s Singles SS 6 title beating Poland’s Maria Bartusz 21-6 21-5. In the Women’s Doubles SS 6 exhibition match, Choong and Bartusz trounced Kobie Jane Donovan (Australia) and Simone Emilie Meyer Larsen (Denmark) in straight games.