VIETNAM INT’L – Teens take first titles

Thailand Open champion Narissapat Lam took her first international senior title with a partner her own age, while 18-year-old Hana Ramadhini joined the two Thais. Photo: Don Hearn (archives) Not […]

Thailand Open champion Narissapat Lam took her first international senior title with a partner her own age, while 18-year-old Hana Ramadhini joined the two Thais.

Photo: Don Hearn (archives)

Not only did Lam and fellow 16-year-old Puttita Supajirakul finally add an to their title from Korea this winter, but in the process, they managed to fend off former top 10 pair Poon Yok Lan / Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong.

Hana Ramadhini of Indonesia won her first tournament since the Singapore Junior International in 2011, beating 15-year-old Thai Chochuwong Pornpawee in straight games in the final.

Hong Kong generally, and Tse Ying Suet in particular, did have their share of success in Hanoi, though.  Tse and Chan Yun Lung took the mixed title in an all-Hong Kong final, while Chan came up short in the men’s doubles, losing to Liao Min Chun and 18-year-old Yang Po Han of Chinese Taipei.

Yet another 18-year-old, World Junior Boys’ Doubles Champion Ng Ka Long, took another silver for Hong Kong in the men’s singles.  Ng lost out to Malaysia’s Chan Kwong Beng in two games, missing an opportunity to take his own first senior title.

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Don Hearn is an Editor and Correspondent who hails from a badminton-loving town in rural Canada. He joined the Badzine team in 2006 to provide coverage of the Korean badminton scene and is committed to helping Badzine to promote badminton to the place it deserves as a global sport. Contact him at: don @ badzine.net