National shuttler, Iskandar Zulkarnain was in top form when he ousted teammate, Chong Yee Han during the finals of the MAYBANK National Circuit Grand Prix Finals 2015 held at Juara Stadium, Bukit Kiara this afternoon. Iskandar thrashed 22 year-old Yee Han in straight games, 21/8, 21/10. Iskandar last played against Yee Han during the Malaysian International Challenge last month during which the former defeated him in three games.
“I am really so happy to win today and this being my first ever national title, it is surely something memorable for me. I felt that I was well prepared against Yee Han today knowing that he is a tough opponent to beat as the last time I played with him was a really tough match that lasted for an hour.
This year undoubtedly is one of my best years winning three international titles, defeating senior players like Sho Sasaki and of course finally clinching the national title. As for next year, I am hoping to make the Thomas Cup squad, win a GP Gold title and break into the top 30 of the world rankings,” said the delighted Iskandar.
Furthermore, as Iskandar is very attached to his family, it was a very meaningful moment when he ran to hug his parents right after his match today.
In the womens’ singles, Jin Wei was not at her best today losing the match in straight games to national No. 1, Tee Jing Yee. Even Jing Yi was surprised to have won the match easily as she was expecting a tough match against the current world junior champion. However, Jing Yi was all smiles to have won her fourth national title.
Iskandar Zulkarnain vs Chong Yee Han – 21/8, 21/10
Tee Jing Yee vs Goh Jin Wei – 21/14, 21/10
Mohd Arif Abd Latif/ Nur Mohd Azriyn vs Teo Ee Yi/ Tan Wee Gieen – 11/21, 21/15, 22/20
Chin Kah Mun/ Chow Mei Kuan vs Joyce Choong Wai Chi/ Yap Cheng Wen – 22/20, 21/10
Tan Aik Quan/ Lai Pei Jing vs Ong Yew Sin/ Lee Meng Yean – 21/18, 21/10