Soon Huat-Shevon lift German Open title

PETALING JAYA: Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie lived up to their status as the top mixed doubles pair in the country by winning the German Open title.

Third seeds Soon Huat-Shevon fended off a late challenge by Denmark’s Niclas Nohr-Sara Thygesen to prevail with 21-14, 22-20 in the mixed doubles final in Mulheim yesterday.

On Saturday, they battled against South Koreans Choi Sol-gyu-Chae Yoo-jung before pulling off a stunning 23-21, 23-25, 21-13 win in the semi-finals while the Nohr-Thygesen upset China’s He Jiting-Du Yue 21-19, 19-21, 21-17.

It is Soon Huat-Shevon’s third international title but their first this year.

They bagged the Malaysian International Challenge and the Scottish Open in 2016 – just a month after being paired together.

They are now the first Malaysian mixed doubles pair to win the German Open since the tournament’s inception in 2001.

“I can’t really describe the feeling ... lots of emotions going on right now but I’m happy for sure,” said a delighted Shevon.

“Soon Huat and I owe it to our coaches (Chin Eei Hui, Pang Cheh Chang and Teo Kok Siang) and ISN (National Sports Institute) experts for helping us to be in our best condition.

“We knew we had the chance after reaching the final as we have beaten the Danish pair before but we almost made it difficult in the second game.

“We were eager to win and fortunately, past experiences taught us to pull ourselves together.”

World No. 10 Soon Huat-Shevon will now head to the All-England with more confidence. It begins on Wednesday in Birmingham.

The prestigious tournament begins on Wednesday in Birmingham.