Rising YONEX Stars Win Malaysia GPG Titles

YONEX badminton players won 3 titles at the YONEX-SUNRISE Malaysia Grand Prix Gold 2013, which was April 30 to May 4.

Indonesian YONEX player, Alamsyah Yunus (ARC10), faced Malaysian player Goh Soon Huat (VTZF) in the men’s singles final. Losing the first game 21-10, Alamsyah took the initiative in the second game to tie the match 21-9. In the deciding game, Alamsyah won 6 points consecutively to reach match point, although Soon Huat led the game,18-14 at one point. Alamsyah successfully finished the game 21-19 to win the title.

No. 1 seed in the women’s singles, teenage sensation, Sindhu P.V. (NR700RP) of India played another high intensity match against Gu Juan from Singapore. Both the first and second games were close and her opponent led the decider 13-7. Sindhu made a brilliant comeback from behind to capture the title, 21-17 17-21 21-19.

It was an all Malaysian final in the men’s doubles match. No. 1 seed YONEX players, Koo Kien Keat (VTZF) and Tan Boon Heong (VTZF), faced No. 3 seed Goh V Shem (ARC11) and Lim Khim Wah (VTZF). V Shem and Khim Wah aggressively attacked in the first game dishing out an amazing 21 smash winners. Kien Keat and Boon Heong fought back by gaining 18 net winners, but V Shem and Khim Wah took the close game, 22-20. In the second game, the duo tactically attacked by mixing smash and net winners to finish the match with a final score of 22-20 21-15.

Malaysian players Tan Aik Quan (ARC10) and Lai Pei Jing (NR700RP) advanced to the final of mixed doubles and became runners-up after a close match against Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Vita Marissa. The final score was 20-22 21-13 21-17. 

Tournament Results - Finals

Men’s Singles

[12]Alamsyah Yunus (ARC10)(INA) def. Goh Soon Huat (VTZF)(MAS) 10-21 21-9 21-19

Women’s Singles

[1]Sindhu P.V. (NR700RP)(IND) def. [5]Gu Juan (SIN) 21-17-17-21 21-19

Men’s Doubles

[3]Goh V Shem (ARC11)/Lim Khim Wah (VTZF)(MAS) def. [1]Koo Kien Keat (VTZF)/Tan Boon Heong (VTZF)(MAS) 22-20 21-15

Women’s Doubles

[1]Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth/Rizki Amelia Pradipta (INA) def. Aprilsasi Putri Lejarsar Variella/Vita Marissa (INA) 21-17 16-21 21-17

Mixed Doubles

Praveen Jordan/Vita Marissa (INA) def. [4]Tan Aik Quan (ARC10)/Lai Pei Jing (NR700RP)(MAS) 20-22 21-13 21-17

*Yunus’s image is from the India Open Grand Prix Gold 2012.

Sindhu, Goh & Lim’s images are from the All England Open 2013.