Hang on, I’m not done yet


Peerless: Ng Tze Yong (right) and Soong Joo Ven flanking coach Datuk Tey Seu Bock at the Scottish Open.

PETALING JAYA: A weary Ng Tze Yong will plod on to make a final push at this week’s Welsh Open in a bid to cap the year with a fourth title.

The 21-year-old returned to winning ways on Sunday when he added the Scottish Open title to his collection that already consists of the Polish Open and Belgian International.

Tze Yong defeated compatriot Soong Joo Ven 21-18, 21-14 in 50 minutes to become the first Malaysian men’s singles winner in the tournament’s history since Oon Chong Hau in 1969.

Tze Yong, who has just completed his seventh event since the Sudirman Cup in Finland in nine weeks, admitted that the hectic schedule is starting to take a toll on him.

“I’m so happy that I could still remain focused to win on the back of a tight schedule,” said Tze Yong, whose victory served as a perfect response to his Irish Open’s quarter-final exit the previous week.

“When you play too many matches in a short span of time, it’s surely going to drain you mentally and physically. But I really savour these experiences. It’s not often that I get to play in so many tournaments. It’s going to stand me in good stead for the future.

“Although tired, I’m going to give the next tournament a shot. As it will be my last tournament of the year, I’ll give whatever is left in me to get the title,” vowed Tze Yong, who is also the Czech Open finalist.

Another solid outing in Wales is going to edge him closer to the top 50 by year end.

Meanwhile, Joo Ven, 26, lamented that he could not bring his A game as he settled for his second runner-up finish in the Scottish Open.

He was also on the losing end in the 2016 final to Denmark’s Anders Antonsen.

“I had a feeling that I could come out on top after my semi-final win (over third seed Toby Penty of England). But I faltered when it mattered most,” said Joo Ven.

“Still, I’m quite happy with my last two outings. To reach the last four last week (Irish Open) and now the final, I really couldn’t ask for more especially having not competed for more than eight months.

“I’m so happy for Tze Yong as we’re quite close during our time in the national team. He has improved so much especially his power and confidence.”

Wan Arif Junaidi-Haikal Nazri and Teoh Mei Xing-Anna Cheong failed to bring more joy for the country after they lost in their respective finals.

In men’s doubles, Arif-Haikal went down 20-22, 16-21 to Scottish twins Christopher and Matthew Grimley while in women’s doubles, Anna-Mei Xing were beaten 14-21, 12-21 by Canada’s Rachel Honderich-Kristen Tsai.

Men’s singles: Ng Tze Yong (Mas) bt Soong Joo Ven (Mas) 21-18, 21-14.

Men’s doubles: Christopher Grimley-Matthew Grimley (Sco) bt Wan Arif Junaidi-Haikal Nazri (Mas) 22-20, 21-16.

Women’s singles: Hsu Wen-chi (Tpe) bt Line Kjaersfeldt (Den) 21-15, 21-18.

Women’s doubles: Rachel Honderich-Kristen Tsai (Can) bt Anna Cheong-Teoh Mei Xing (Mas) 21-14, 21-12.

Mixed doubles: Callum Hemming-Jessica Pugh (Eng) bt Ishaan Bhatnagar-Tanisha Crasto (Ind) 21-15, 21-17.

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