Liek Hou’s double in Bahrain shows he’s back to his best

KUALA LUMPUR: National champion and 2020 Tokyo Paralympics gold medallist Cheah Liek Hou is back at his best once again after bagging two titles at the Bahrain International Para Badminton Championships on Monday.

He won the first, the SU5 men’s singles title (physical impairment), after downing Indonesian shuttler Suryo Nugroho 21-13, 21-10 in the final played in Manama.

The win avenged his defeat to the same opponent in the second round of the Thailand Para International Badminton Championship two weeks ago.

The 35-year-old Liek Hou then continued his excellent momentum after partnering Mohd Fareez Anuar to beat Indian pair Chirag Baretha-Raj Kumar for the men’s SU5 doubles title.

Despite taking the first set 21-18, Liek Hou-Fareez were stretched by the Indian pair in the second before losing 19-21.

They clinched the title in the deciding tie with a 21-14 victory. — Bernama

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