Eight is more than enough for Tze Yong


Pay day: Tze Yong posing with the Belgian International winner’s cheque.

PETALING JAYA: A delighted Ng Tze Yong gave himself eight out of 10 points after capturing the Belgian International title in Leuven.

On Saturday, the 21-year-old outclassed India’s former world No. 13 Ajay Jayaram 21-14, 21-14 to make up for last week’s agonising title miss at the Czech Open.

“I’m very happy that I was able to redeem myself. I tried hard not to think about what happened in the Czech Republic,” said Tze Yong, who has now won two titles from three finals this year having bagged the Polish Open title in March.

“I’m quite pleased with my performance throughout the tournament. I would give it an eight as the field is quite competitive.

“I actually thought it will be tough for me to win as the Japanese sent almost their entire B team here.”

Out of his five matches, Tze Yong encountered one tough battle and it was his 20-22, 21-15, 23-21 semi-final win over Japan’s Yusuke Odonera which lasted over 78 minutes.

“I think my recovery was really good. I felt great in the final,” he said.

“If there’s one thing that I did not do better, it has to be my lack of focus. In the semi-finals, I had a 17-12 lead but lost the opening game. It happened again in the rubber when I could not capitalise on the 12-7 and 20-18 advantage, luckily I managed to pull through.”

A buoyed Tze Yong will now take a deserving two-week break before bidding to reach two more finals in the Irish Open (Nov 17-20). and Scottish Open (Nov 25-28)

“It was mission accomplished to nail one title in two finals,” added Tze Yong.

“We will train in Ireland for two weeks for the Irish Open. I should climb to No. 68 after my Belgium victory. Hopefully a couple more strong results will help me reach nearer to the top 50.”

RESULTS

Final

Men’s singles: Ng Tze Yong (Mas) bt Ajay Jayaram (Ind) 21-14, 21-14.

Men’s doubles: Pramudya Kusumawardana-Yeremia Rambitan (Ina) bt Shohibul Fikri-Bagas Maulana (Ina)) 21-18, 22-20.

Women’s singles: Riko Gunji (Jpn) Hsu Wen-chi (Tpe) 12-21, 21-16, 23-21.

Women’s doubles: Rin Iwanaga-Kie Nakanishi (Jpn) bt Julie Macpherson-Clara Torrance (Sco) 21-12, 21-15.

Mixed doubles: Hiroki Midorikawa-Natsu Saito (Jpn) bt Jesper Toft-Clara Graversen (Den) 21-18, 21-9.

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