Over the moon: Japan’s Sayaka Sato biting her medal after beating South Korea’s Sung Ji-hyun in the women’s singles final match at the Indonesian Open in Jakarta yesterday. – AP
PETALING JAYA: Youngster Peck Yen Wei will cherish the experience of playing with veteran Chan Peng Soon at the Indonesian Open in Jakarta.
The 21-year-old Yen Wei teamed up with Peng Soon for the first time and they did well to reach the mixed doubles semi-finals of the Superseries event before losing 13-21, 14-21 to Indonesians Tontowi Ahmad-Lilyana Natsir on Saturday.
It was Yen Wei’s first semi-final appearance in a Superseries event.
She will resume her partnership with Hoo Pang Ron at the Taiwan Open from June 27-July 2 while Peng Soon will play with Cheah Yee See at the Australian Open which begins in Sydney on Wednesday.
“I gained valuable experience playing with Peng Soon. The quality in the match against the Indonesians was high. And there are many areas that I need to improve,” said Yen Wei.
“All this experience will help me to strengthen my partnership with Pang Ron. Hopefully, we’ll become another good mixed doubles pair for the country,” she added.
Meanwhile, Indian K. Srikanth ended his campaign in the Indonesian Open in style when he crushed qualifier Kazumasa Sakai of Japan 21-11, 21-19 to win his first men’s singles title this season.
Japan, however, did not go home empty handed when Sayaka Sato (pic) battled for 78 minutes to beat Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea 21-13, 17-21, 21-14 to clinch the women’s singles crown.
Men’s singles: K. Srikanth (Ind) bt Kazumasa Sakai (Jpn) 21-11, 21-19.
Men’s doubles: Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) bt Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) 21-19, 19-21, 21-18.
Women’s singles: Sayaka Sato (Jpn) bt Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 21-13, 17-21, 21-14.
Women’s doubles: Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) bt Chang Ye-naLee So-hee (Kor) 21-19, 15-21, 21-10.
Mixed doubles: Tontowi Ahmad-Lilyana Natsir (Ina) bt Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) 22-20, 21-15.