Tennis doubles champ Christian aims for SEA Games glory

Malaysian tennis player Christian Didier Chin (right) with Singapore partner Steve Ng Hao Yuan won the M15 ITF (International Tennis Federation) Singapore 1 men's doubles title at the Kallang Sports Centre.

PETALING JAYA: From wildcard entries to champions.

Malaysia’s up-and-coming tennis youngster Christian Didier Chin partnered Singaporean Steve Ng Hao Yuan to beat Japan's Kazuma Kawachi-Ryota Tanuma 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 10-3 in the men's doubles final of the M15 ITF (International Tennis Federation) Singapore 1 at Kallang Sports Centre yesterday.

Christian is now all pumped up to impress in the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania qualifiers in Uzbekistan (September) and Philippines SEA Games (Nov 30-Dec 11).

The tournament is part of the ITF World Men's Tour and offers US$15,000 (RM62,857) in prize money.

The wildcard pairing started with a bang by sending second seeds Alex Adamson-Takuto Niki of Japan packing 5-7, 6-3, 10-3 in the last 16.

They reached the semis without lifting their racquets after Australia-Japan pairing of Jesse Delaney-Rimpei Kawakami gave a walkover and defeated Canada-Indonesia pair Kelsey Stevenson-David Agung Susanto 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 to reach the final.

The 19-year-old Christian, sporting a new silver-dyed hairstyle, was happy to flew the flag high for Malaysia in his first tournament of the year.

"I'm happy to win my first ITF men's tournament of the year. It's been a great week of high level of tennis," said Christian, playing in his first tournament this year,

"I thank everyone for the support and also the fans who came out to give me positive energy.

Christian, who became the youngest player to play in a Davis Cup campaign for Malaysia last year, captured three doubles titles last year with different partners.

Christian, who is of Malaysia-Taiwan parentage, partnered Sergey Fomin of Uzbekistan to triumph in the boys' doubles event at the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championships in Pune, India.

He combined with Tsai Chang-lin of Taiwan to bag the boys' doubles title at the China Junior (ITF Grade 2) tournament in Beijing and with India's Rishabh Sharda at the ITF Junior Circuit G4 tournament in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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