Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto came from behind to overcome Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana in the Men's Singles final to claim the title of Li-Ning Singapore Open champion (photo by Lawrence Ang/SSC).
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Round-up of Li-Ning Singapore Open 2013
Singapore, Mon, 24 June 2013 - The Li-Ning Singapore Open 2013 celebrated the triumphant crowning of Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto and China's Wang Yihan of China as the top Men’s and Women’s Singles Champions.
Ahmad Tontowi and compatriot Natsir Liliyana added joy to the Indonesian camp capturing the mixed doubles top spot.
The Chinese pairing of Tian Qing and Zhao Yun Lei left no chance for other competitors in the Women’s doubles tournament, while Mohammad Ahsan and Setiawan Hendra took yet another top prize for Indonesia in the Men’s doubles.
From the 18-23 June, the Singapore Indoor Stadium which has been the home of the Li-Ning event saw the world’s best shuttlers pit their skills against one another across various categories.
Singapore shuttlers fall short
A good number of qualifying matches saw our Singapore players fighting for places in the preliminaries.
Home names like Fu Ming Tian, Derek Wong and Terry Yeo lit the hopes of local badminton fans as they went up against some of the top international players including Saina Nehwal the world’s number two shuttler.
Despite all our players putting in 100 percent, a large majority of our local players were unable to qualify for the preliminaries.
With the exceptional talent from Indonesia and Japan, even local Olympic athletes experienced trouble in the matches played against them.
Fu Ming Tian and Terry Hee were unable to grab their chances on the first day. Terry Yeo and Yao Lei managed to progress to the second round of the mixed doubles preliminaries, with a win over Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Miyuki Maeda.
But the pair lost their form in the next round to Hong Kong effectively ending the Singapore Team’s involvement in the tournament
The finals for the mixed doubles saw Indonesians Ahmad Tontowi and Lillyana Natsir outplay Korea’s Yoo Yeon Seong and Eom Yeon Seong 21-12 and 21-12.
China’s Wang Yihan had an edge over team-mate Xuerui pulling the double to win both sets 21-18 and 21-12, to take the women’s singles championship.
The finals match-up for the men’s single was certainly a fiery affair as Tommy Sugiarto from Indonesia went head to head with Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.
The Thai edged his opponent out in the first set with a score of 22-20, But Sugiarto crawled back to win the second set 21-5.
Fitness was a key factor in the final set, as Sugiarto went all out as he took the final set 21-17 and the Men’s singles crown.
Japan's Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi could not prevent China's Qing Tian and Zhao Yunlei from claiming the Women's Doubles, falling 19-21 and 16-21 in two straight sets (photo by Wei De/SSC).
The women’s doubles final match had Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi against China’s Qing Tian and Zhao Yunlei.
Qing Tian and Yunlei demonstrated finesse in their technique to beat the Japanese for women’s doubles top spot.
The final match of the Li-Ning Singapore Open was the championship match for the men’s doubles. Ko Sung Hyun and Lee Yong Dae of Korea faced-off against Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.
The Indonesians went straight to snatch the first set 21-15, while the Koreans pair fought back hard in the second. But their mistakes that gave the Indonesian shuttlers the second set 21-18 to become champions.
The final day also included the SBA Corporate league finals. To celebrate the spirit of the Li-Ning Singapore Open 2013, one match for each of the 5 categories was played with Team SBA Sunlight going against Team Crescendos.
Both teams performed admirably in the matches they played.