ASIAN CHAMPS 2007 – Taufik wins Gold, Lee/Choong stun Koo/Tan

The finals of the BAC Championships saw new and old faces. Taufik Hidayat regained the Asian title and the Malaysians Lee Wan Wah and Choong Tan Fook retained their titles […]

ImageThe finals of the BAC Championships saw new and old faces. Taufik Hidayat regained the Asian title and the Malaysians Lee Wan Wah and Choong Tan Fook retained their titles while new faces got gold in the other events.

By Raphael Sachetat, photos : Badmintonphoto.com (archives)

When Taufik Hidayat beat Chen Hong in the final of the Yonex Sunrise Asian Badminton Championships in Johor Bahru on Sunday it was just as many expected as the Indonesian is Chen’s nemesis. In spite of a great final between the newly wed and the newly retired, Chen Hong had to bow to the inconsistent Indonesian jewel Hidayat. The latter won in straight games 21/18, 21/19.

Jiang Yanjiao on her side beat Lu Lan in a tough battle 25-23, 23-21 but the surprise of the day saw Veterans Lee Wan Wah and Choong Tan Fook beat their younger compatriots Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong in three games after the latter had won 4 of their 6 tournaments together, including 3 Super Series and the Asian Games. It was a good win for Lee and Choong who had been away from success since last year in this very same event.

The mixed and ladies’ doubles events were all-Chinese affairs and the runners up in the ladies’ doubles are quite unknown to the International public : Yang Wei and Zhao Tingting won easily over their compatriots Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei while He and Yu won the mixed doubles event.

Very soon on Badzine, our correspondent Jan Lin will bring you her live report from Johor Bahru.

Final results :

MS : Taufik Hidayat (INA) beat Chen Hong (CHN) : 21/18 – 21/19
WS : Jiang Yanjiao (CHN) beat Lu Lan (CHN) : 25/23 – 23/21
MD : Lee Wan Wah / Choong Tan Fook (MAS) beat Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (MAS) : 21/14 – 11/21 – 21/12
WD : Yang Wei/Zhao Tingting (CHN) beat Cheng Shu / Zhao Yunlei (CHN) : 21/10 – 21/11
XD : He Hanbin / Yu Yang (CHN) beat Xu Chen / Zhao Tingting (CHN) : 22/20 – 21/15

Raphaël Sachetat

About Raphaël Sachetat

Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.