Back to back titles for Saina, Sari-Yao Lei
Posted by febrikusuma on June 21, 2010
India’s Saina Nehwal and Singapore’s women’s doubles pair of Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei shared a common trait on Sunday at the Indoor Stadium in Singapore – both have won back to back titles.
After capturing the India Open women’s singles title and women’s doubles title last week, both Saina and Shinta-Yao Lei set the Indoor Stadium alight with another confident display to capture their second title in as many weeks.
While Saina showed no mercy against 16-year-old Tai Tzu Yin of Chinese Taipei, Shinta-Yao Lei gave the home crowd plenty to cheer when they beat South Korea’s Lee Hyo Jung-Kim Min Jung 21-17, 22-20 in the final of the US$200,000 Li Ning Singapore Open.
This was also Singapore’s first ever title in the Super Series event – comprising 12 tournaments with a minimum of USD200,000 total prize money for each tournament.
Saina, the women’s singles top seed, continued her impressive run in Singapore by outplaying Tzu Yin 21-18, 21-15. Tzu Yin, however, can be proud of her achievement as she showed great maturity for her age and showed great determination all the way.
In the men’s singles, Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who scalped World No 1 Lee Chong Wei in the quarter-finals on Friday, beat Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana to win his first ever Singapore Open title. Sony beat Ponsana 21-16, 21-16 in the final.
Another pair who continued their fine run in the tournament were Chinese Taipei’s Fang Chieh Min-Lee Sheng Mu.
Fang-Lee, who stunned Denmark’s No 3 seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen and beat reigning Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan in the semi-finals, served up another strong show to deny Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan the title. Fang-Lee won 21-14, 21-15.
Denmark’s Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl beat Indonesia’s Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir 21-12, 21-15 to clinch the mixed doubles title.