U.S. OPEN – Lee Tsuen Seng gives hopes back to Malaysia

After a rather poor performance in the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia scooped a gold medal in the US Badminton Open on Saturday after Lee Tsuen Seng beat Japan’s […]

ImageAfter a rather poor performance in the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia scooped a gold medal in the US Badminton Open on Saturday after Lee Tsuen Seng beat Japan’s Nakanishi to take the title. Korea’s Jun Jae Youn is coming back from her injury and won the women’s singles event.

By Raphael Sachetat. Photos : Badmintonphoto (archives)

If most national shuttlers from BAM were resting after their World Championships, KLRC’s Lee Tsuen Seng and Sairul Ayob were already up for another quest, on the other side of the planet, in the sunny coasts of California, home of the US Open. Sairul was stopped in the quarter-finals by Japan’s Nakanishi, but Lee Tsuen Seng, seeded 2nd, fared much better as he took on the Japanese defending champion in the final and won the event – his first since his Gold Medal in the Equinox New Zealand Open last August. 

The Malaysian was helped in his quest by Ireland’s Scott Evans, who beheaded the draw from its top seed in beating Sato of Japan in the quarter-finals. The former was then beaten by Andrew Dabeka of Canada, while Lee beat Wales’s Richard Vaughan in his semi- final.

In the women’s singles event, Korea’s jewel Jun Jae Youn, who had been away from the courts for a long time due to few injuries, seems to be getting back as she won the event without dropping a single game. After beating three higher-ranked Japanese opponents in her first three rounds, Jun beat her compatriot Lee Yun Hwa 21/18 – 21/16 in the final to take her second tournament win of the year.

Howard Bach, local hero when he clinched Gold in the World Championships in Anaheim in 2005, was one step shy of winning the men’s and mixed doubles events. Bach and Eva Lee were stopped in the final by Japan’s Masuda and Maeda, while together with Bob Malaythong, he bowed once again to Masuda, this time pairing Ohtsuka, in straight games. The Japanese swept the women’s doubles event with an all-Japanese affair in the final, which saw Maeda/Suetsuna come away with the win.

Result :
MS : Lee Tsuen Seng (MAS) beat Yousuke Nakanishi (JAP) : 21/14 – 21/10
WS : Jun Jae Youn (KOR) beat Lee Yun Hwa (KOR) : 21/18 – 21/16
MD : Masuda/Ohtsuka (JAP) beat Bach/Malaythong (USA) : 21/18 – 21/11
WD : Maeda/Suetsuna (JAP) beat Akao/Matsuda (JAP) : 16/21 – 21/14 – 21/15
MxD : Masuda/Maeda (JAP) beat Bach/Lee (USA) : 19/21 – 21/11 – 21/19

All results HERE

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.