KANGAR, Nov 17 -- National men’s singles player Cheam June Wei continues to prove his mettle when he was crowned champion of the 2019 Malaysia International Challenge at Dewan 2020 here today.
Entering the tournament as the eighth seed, June Wei overcome the odds and battled through earlier rounds to qualify for the final, where he was pushed to the limit once again today before defeating sixth seeded Ren Peng Bo from China 21-16, 19-21, 21-18 in one hour and 12 minutes. The win was his second international title.
The 22-year-old, who won his first international title at the Dutch International Open last year, took home USD1,875 (about RM7,790), a medal and a trophy for today’s win.
Speaking to Bernama later, the 75th world ranked player said the title was the right antidote for several tournament losses before this.
“There was great home support here, but the match was not easy as Peng Bo is a very good player, and I have had mixed results in previous matches against him,” June Wei said.
His next mission is the 2019 Gwangju Korea Masters in two days time (Nov 19).
Meanwhile, national head coach Datuk Misbun Sidek praised June Wei’s and several other national players’ performances in the meet and their recent improvement in the game.
“June Wei is still young and has a long career ahead. We are hoping he will be able to go far,” Misbun said.
Meanwhile, national mixed doubles pair, Man Wei Chong-Pearly Tan could not emulate June Wei’s success after bowing out to their opponents from China in the final.
They lost to tournament fifth seeded pair, Dong Wei Jie-Chen Xiao Fei 16-21, 19-21 in 31 minutes.
Wei Chong said despite the defeat, being finalists was still considered an achievement as the pair were not even favourites for the title.
“Reaching the final is already considered a success for us. It also gave us some good exposure,” he said.