Mei Xing-Anna and Wei Chong-Kai Wun strike a double in India


All smiles: Teoh Mei Xing (left) and Anna Cheong Ching Yik pose with their medals after winning the Syed Modi International.

PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Teoh Mei Xing is on cloud nine after smashing her way to her biggest career win.

The 24-year-old Mei Xing and her partner Anna Cheong Ching Yik emerged as the champions after defeating Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Gopichand of India 21-12 21-13 in the women’s doubles final of the Syed Modi International in Lucknow yesterday.

It was their first higher-level tournament in the World Tour after being paired up three months ago.

They won the Czech Open title last year but it was a lower-tier tournament and naturally, Mei Xing was happy although the tournament was marred by many withdrawals due to the Covid-19 cases among the players.

“It’s a great start for Anna and I this year. This is my first top tournament at this level,” said Mei Xing, who was only teamed up with Anna last year.

“This will only spur both of us to work harder so that we can win more higher ranked tournaments.”

It was also a double joy for Malaysia when Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun stayed cool to beat Krishna Prasad-Vishnuvardhan Goud of India 21-18, 21-15 for the men’s doubles title.

Said coach Teo Kok Siang, who is accompanying the players in India: “The past two weeks have been stressful (India Open and Syed Modi International) due to the Covid-19 cases but I’m glad that out players stayed focused to win two titles here.

“It’s a good start for these players, at least, it puts them in a good spirit ahead of the many more tournaments that’s lined up for them this year. Hopefully, we will move forward, train hard and play smart.”

The men’s singles final between two Frenchmen Arnaud Merkle and Lucas Claerbout was declared a ‘no match’ after one of them tested positive for Covid-19.

FINAL RESULTS

Men’s doubles: Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun (Mas) bt Krishna Prasad-Vishnuvardhan Goud (Ind) 21-18 21-15.

Women’s singles: P.V. Sindhu (Ind) bt Malvika Bansod (Ind) 21-13, 21-16.

Women’s doubles: Anna Cheong Ching Yik-Teoh Mei Xing (Mas) bt Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Gopichand (Ind) 21-12 21-13.

Mixed doubles: Ishaan Bhatnagar-Tanisha Crasto (Ind) bt T. Hema Nagendra-Srivedya Gurazada (Ind) 21-16 21-12.

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