PETALING JAYA: Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari showed that they still have much to offer at the highest level after beating Indonesia’s Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra 21-12, 21-14 to win the men’s doubles title in the Taiwan Open GP Gold in Taipei yesterday.
Many had written the pair off since they left the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) fold last year to join KLRC. In only their second final appearance since the Thailand Open in June, Zakry-Fairuzizuan were brilliant from the start against their top seeded opponents and needed just 27 minutes to seal victory.
It was their fourth career title since winning the back-to-back Singapore Open and Indonesia Open in 2009 and the India Open in 2010.
It was also the experienced Zakry-Fairuzizuan’s first career title since striking out on their own about a year ago.
Zakry-Fairuzizuan, currently ranked 27th in the world, will certainly be boosted by this result, having crashed out in the first round of four tournaments since the Thailand meet.
“Thank goodness we finally won! I’m really happy with this win because this is one the best performances we’ve produced in the past year,” said Zakry.
“Result-wise, this is certainly the best that I have achieved alongside Fairuzizuan since the Thailand Open earlier in June. Hopefully, we’ll be able to carry on playing like this ... but we’ve got to work on our consistency.”
In the men’s singles final, second seed Nguyen Tien Minh broke the hearts of local fans when he beat local ace Chou Tien Chen 21-11, 21-17 for his second title of the year.
But the Taiwanese fans still had much to rejoice when teenage sensation Tai Tzu Ying put up a gritty performance to beat Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 in the women’s singles.
Indonesia ended the day with two titles – through Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth-Rizki Amelia Pradipta and Muhammad Rijal-Debby Susanto in the women’s and mixed doubles.
Men’s singles: Nguyen Tien Minh (Vie) bt Chou Tien Chen (Tpe) 21-11, 21-17.
Men’s doubles: Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (Mas) bt Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra (Ina) 21-12, 21-14.
Women’s singles: Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe) bt Lindaweni Fanetri (Ina) 21-19, 20-22, 22-20.
Women’s doubles: Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth-Rizki Amelia Pradipta (Ina) bt Suci Rizky Andini-Della Destiara Haris (Ina) 21-15, 21-12.
Mixed doubles: Muhammad Rijal-Debby Susanto (Ina) bt Lee Chun Hei-Chau Hoi Wah (Hkg) 21-14, 21-14.