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Monday December 31, 2012

Ramdan follows Misbun’s footsteps by winning national title

New champion: Misbun Ramdan Mohamed Misbun in action against Chong Wei Feng in the final at the
Kedah BA Hall Sunday. Misbun won 13-21, 21-18, 21-18. Inset: Misbun Sidek. New champion: Misbun Ramdan Mohamed Misbun in action against Chong Wei Feng in the final at the Kedah BA Hall Sunday. Misbun won 13-21, 21-18, 21-18. Inset: Misbun Sidek.

ALOR SETAR: There is another national champion in the Misbun family now.

Yesterday, Misbun Ramdan Misbun etched his name in the Malaysian badminton annals by beating Chong Wei Feng 13-21, 21-18, 21-18 in the men’s singles final of the National Grand Prix Finals at the Kedah BA Hall.

The 21-year-old Ramdan, the son of six-time national champion Datuk Misbun Sidek, was an underdog against second seed Wei Feng.

Despite losing the first game, the fifth-seeded Ramdan refused to give up and was rewarded for his perseverance in the next two games to take home RM7,000.

“I’m really happy with the result. I was a bit nervous in the first game as I could not cope with Wei Feng’s pace,” said Ramdan.

“Luckily, I settled down in the second game and managed to overcome him.”

There was also joy for Tee Jing Yi. She exacted sweet revenge over Lydia Cheah to reclaim the women’s singles title.

Jing Yi won 21-18, 23-21 to take home the winner’s cheque of RM4,000. It was Jing Yi’s third title, having also emerged triumphant in 2009 and 2010. Last year, she lost to Lydia in the final.

“I think both of us were quite nervous and we played quite conservatively because we wanted to win,” said Jing Yi. “Lydia lost because she made a lot of mistakes.”

In the men’s doubles event, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong had no trouble fending off Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han’s challenge.

Top seeds Thien How-Wee Kiong were hardly troubled as they beat the 2009 world junior champions 21-14, 21-15.

There was a thrilling battle for the mixed doubles crown with Goh V Shem-Soong Fie Choo prevailing over Lim Khim Wah-Vivian Hoo to win 21-18, 7-21, 21-19.

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