PUTRAJAYA: It came a year late but Chong Wei Feng was still over the moon after emerging as the national men’s singles champion for the first time.
On Monday, the 26-year-old Wei Feng went on the attack from the start to beat former international Tan Chun Seang 21-14, 21-9 in the final of the National Grand Prix Finals at the Precinct 11 Sports Complex.
Newly crowned National Grand Prix Finals men's singles champion, Chong Wei Feng (right), showing off the mock cheque for RM7,000. He beat Tan Chun Seang in the final in Putrajaya on Monday.Newly crowned National Grand Prix Finals men's singles champion, Chong Wei Feng (right), showing off the mock cheque for RM7,000. He beat Tan Chun Seang in the final in Putrajaya on Monday.
“I should have won it last year when (Lee) Chong Wei skipped the local tournament. Instead, I lost to Misbun Ramdan (Misbun) in the final,” said Wei Feng.
“This time, I got it right and I have justified my position as a senior player in the national team,” said Wei Feng.
Bouyed by his breakthrough, Wei Feng said he would be out to raise his game to a higher level in international tournaments next year.
“This year, my target was reaching the world’s top 10 but I failed. I hope to accomplish it next season,” said Wei Feng, the world No. 13.
“I also lost to two lower-ranked players in international tournaments this year. I will try to avoid doing so next year.
“I want to represent the country for the first time in the Thomas Cup Finals and make my first appearance in a Super Series tournament,” added Wei Feng, who will now shift his focus to the Korean Open from Jan 8-13.
In women’s singles, Yang Li Lian also nailed her first national title when she ended the gallant run of Lim Chiew Sien with a 21-14, 21-19 win.