Terry Hee & Tan Wei Han Win Mixed Doubles Badminton Final In India Open
It’s been an exciting few months for Singapore badminton, especially after shuttler Loh Kean Yew became a world champion.
However, Loh is now not the only badminton champion Singapore has.
2 more Singaporeans have now done us proud by winning the India Open – and they’re a married couple too.
Loh also did well, emerging runner-up in the men’s singles final.
Gold medals in India Open final
Partners in life as well as on the court, Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han certainly had a fruitful outing in the India Open in New Delhi.
In the mixed doubles final on Sunday (16 Jan), they won gold – their 1st Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour title, according to the BWF.
Their achievement was ecstatically reported by Team Singapore on Facebook.
Couple defeated Malaysian opponents
The couple, ranked No. 182 in the world, defeated 2 Malaysians in the final – No. 40 duo Chan Tang Jie and Peck Yen Wei.
Better yet, they claimed the win in 2 straight sets, scoring a decisive 21-15 and 21-18.
In the 2nd set, the game became precarious when the Malaysians were close to pulling level from 9-16 down.
However, the Singaporeans managed to shut down the comeback and prevail.
The triumph also made them the 1st Singaporean duo to win the India Open in 12 years, since Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei won the women’s doubles title in 2010.
India Open victory a late wedding present
The win was all the sweeter as the couple just got married in Oct last year.
Hee, 26, told BWF that the title win was big for them because they hadn’t played in any tournament for over 2 years.
This was due to his national service commitments and the 28-year-old Tan’s injury problems.
For their efforts, they’ll also get a late wedding present – S$42,590 (US$31,600) in prize money.
Loh Kean Yew comes in 2nd
As for our golden boy Loh, he did well too, coming in 2nd place in the men’s singles of the same competition.
The 24-year-old national shuttler was playing his 1st tournament after becoming world champion.
Though he came up just short, Team Singapore congratulated him on Facebook and thanked him for flying Singapore’s flag high.
Loh went up again India’s Lakshya Sen
In the final, also on Sunday (16 Jan), Loh went up against India’s Lakshya Sen, playing on home ground.
He’d gone up against the same player twice and beaten him, winning both the Dutch Open in October and the Hylo Open in November.
However, this time it wasn’t to be, as Loh was beaten 22-24 and 17-21 in 2 sets.
Though this was somewhat below his high standards, it speaks to his now-lofty status that coming in runner-up in a major competition is considered a blow.
At least he got S$20,490 (US$15,200) in prize money for his efforts to add to the amount raised for him by Singaporeans.
Congrats to the players
It may sound like a cliché, but representing Singapore at the highest level like this is already an achievement.
Congrats to Hee and Tan for a memorable win to tell their grandchildren.
And congrats to Loh also for furthering his legend in international sports. We believe that a small setback like this will make him determined to do better the next time.
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