Jing Yi-Joyce falter at the last hurdle in Vietnam

PETALING JAYA: Tee Jing Yi(pic)-Joyce Choong came up short in the women’s doubles final of the Vietnam International Challenge.

The Malaysians, competing in their first tournament, went down 14-21, 21-19, 14-21 to Japan’s Erina Honda-Nozomi Shimizu in Hanoi yesterday.

Jing Yi-Joyce, however, were far from disappointed.

“It was quite a close game and we didn’t play too poorly,” said Jing Yi, an accomplished singles player before switching to the doubles last month.

“The Japanese were quite attack minded and made life very difficult for us. We know now that we still need to work on our defence and court coverage. Now, we want to do better in our next tournament (the Malaysian Open in Kuching from April 4-9),” added Jing Yi.

Meanwhile, world No. 44 Nguyen Tien Minh gave the home crowd something to cheer about by clinching the men’s singles crown.

Tien Minh, a bronze medallist at the 2013 World Championships, outclassed Thai Khosit Phetpradab 21-14, 21-17 in the final.

But there was no joy for his wife Vu Thi Trang as she lost 16-21, 17-21 to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the women’s singles final.

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