Badminton: Singapore pairs on the double in Hungary

Singapore’s Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han, the top seeds, took just 25 minutes to wrap up the mixed doubles final.
Singapore’s Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han, the top seeds, took just 25 minutes to wrap up the mixed doubles final. TNP FILE PHOTO
Singapore's Danny Bawa Chrisnanta (above) and Hendra Wijaya beat the top seeds in the semi-finals en route to the Hungarian International men's doubles title.
Singapore's Danny Bawa Chrisnanta (above) and Hendra Wijaya beat the top seeds in the semi-finals en route to the Hungarian International men's doubles title.TNP FILE PHOTO
Singapore's Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya (above) beat the top seeds in the semi-finals en route to the Hungarian International men's doubles title.
Singapore's Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya (above) beat the top seeds in the semi-finals en route to the Hungarian International men's doubles title.TNP FILE PHOTO

It was a double celebration over the weekend for Singapore's badminton team at the Hungarian International as they bagged two doubles titles.

The No. 4 pair of Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya had overcome top seeds Matijs Dierickx and Belfreek Golinski of Belgium in the semi-final before dispatching Danes Frederik Colberg and Rasmus Fladberg 11-7, 14-15, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 in a tense final that stretched 48 minutes.

It was the Singaporean duo's second title of the season after they captured the Smiling Fish International Challenge in Thailand in May.

Compatriots Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han meanwhile, lived up to their world No. 27 mixed doubles ranking and status as top seeds by storming to victory in the Budaors Sports Hall in Budapest.

They needed just 25 minutes to complete a 11-6, 11-7, 13-11 win over Poland's Pawel Pietryja and Aneta Wojtkowska.

The European event may only be a fifth-tier tournament on the Badminton World Federation schedule, but Singapore's national doubles coach Nunung Wibiyanto stressed the importance of building momentum ahead of bigger assignments for the Republic's shuttlers.

He said: "The players are progressing as planned and the win will assist them to continue moving up the world ranking."

The Singapore Badminton Association has had to deal with a string of retirements in recent years.

Two-time Olympian Derek Wong called time on his career after the Rio Olympics.

He was joined by his wife Vanessa Neo, once ranked among the world's top 10 mixed doubles pairs in 2013 with former partner Chrisnanta.

Other departures included Xing Aiying (injury) and Yao Lei (studies), while 2011 SEA Games women's singles champion Fu Mingtian become a coach.

At the 2015 SEA Games on home soil, Singapore finished with four bronzes.

Next year's Games will be in Kuala Lumpur, with host Malaysia and Indonesia expected to dominate the medal standings once again.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 01, 2016, with the headline 'Singapore pairs on the double in Hungary'. Print Edition | Subscribe