Team Singapore shuttlers suffered heartbreaks in the 2015 OUE Singapore Open but they were adamant that they will put this experience to good use.
There were high expectations for Singapore’s number one shuttler, Derek Wong, after he made it to the last 16 in the 2014 edition, but Wong was eliminated in his second game of the qualifiers.
Team Singapore shuttler Derek Wong was eliminated in his second game of the qualifiers. (Photo by VoxSports)
The 26-year-old expressed his frustrations with his inconsistency during the match against Arif Latif and asserted that he will aim to improve in this aspect as the South East Asian (SEA) Games 2015 approaches.
New women’s pairing Vanessa Neo and Shinta Mulia Sari were given a tough baptism of fire in their first big test since they teamed up five months ago.
New women’s pairing Vanessa Neo (left) and Shinta Mulia Sari faced their biggest challenge since they teamed up 5 months ago. (Photo by VoxSports)
Facing world number five duo Reika Kakiiwa and Miyuki Maeda, the two put up a strong defence but eventually proved that their partnership needed further fine-tuning.
“Both of us gave our best but they are world ranked number five, definitely they are much better than us,” Neo said.
“Since we just paired up, there are a lot of things we need to work on, but through this match we learnt a lot about ourselves and definitely we will work on it and look forward to the SEA Games.
“I guess everyone goes in to win games, there's no such thing as 'I am only thinking how to improve our game'. Losing is definitely a disappointment, but we tried our best.
Shinta added: “We'll work on our weaknesses, and improve in the next tournament.”
The 2015 tournament was still an exciting affair though, with several players earning their maiden Superseries title.
Kento Momota made a rousing comeback against Hong Kong’s Hu Yun in the men’s singles to create history for his nation as he clinched first place.
Kento Momota became the first ever Japanese to win a men’s singles Superseries title. (Photo by VoxSports)
The 20-year-old became the first ever Japanese to win a men’s singles Superseries title, and he said this should provide him with more confidence for upcoming tournaments.
“There will not be pressure on me, instead I think I will be more confident for more tournaments after this win,” Momota said.
Sun Yu used her height to devastating effect in the women’s single as she saw off Tai Tzu Ying 13-21, 21-19, 20-22 in the finals.
China's Sun Yu saw off Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying 13-21, 21-19, 20-22 to clinch the women's singles title. (Photo by VoxSports)
Unseeded Indonesians Pratama Angga and Ricky Karanda were the toast of the tournament, as the unheralded duo took the rubber set 21-14 against number five seeds Fu Haifeng and Zhang Han.
Unseeded Indonesians Pratama Angga (left) and Ricky Karanda were the toast of the tournament, beating number five seeds Fu Haifeng and Zhang Han. (Photo by VoxSports)