The CIPUTRA HANOI - YONEX SUNRISE Vietnam International Challenge 2017 was held in Hanoi, Vietnam from March 21 to March 26.
Six Southeast Asian nations competed in this badminton tournament. These were Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and host Vietnam.
And as expected our SEA athletes captured some titles and some reached the semi-finals.
Pompawee Chochuwong of Thailand captured the women's singles event title after disposing Vietnam's Thi Trang Vu. Chochuwong defeated Vu in two straight sets in the finals, 21-17, 21-16. In the same event, Indonesia's Rusydina Antardayu Riodingin shared third place with Vietnam's Thuy Linh Nguyen after they were eliminated in the semi-finals.
Host Vietnam celebrated as local Tien Minh Nguyen won the men's single title. He defeated Thailand's Khosit Phetpradab in the finals, 21-14 and 21-17.
Only two titles were captured by our SEA athletes and the rest were won by non-Southeast Asian countries.
Thailand's Trawut Potieng and Nanthakarn Yordphaisong reached the finals of the men's doubles event but failed to capture the title. They were defeated by the tandem from India. Sharing third place were the tandems of Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Markis Kido of Indonesia and Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub and Jagdish Singh of Malaysia.
Also reaching the finals were the duo of Joyce Choong and Jing Yi Tee of Malaysia in the women's doubles event. The duo was defeated by Japanese players. Third place were shared by Indonesia's Rahmadhani Hastiyanti and Vania Arianti Sukuco and mixed NOC tandem of Ririn Amelia of Indonesia and Ana Ching Yik Cheong of Malaysia.
And lastly in the mixed doubles, Indonesia's Irfan Fadhilah and Weni Anggraini reached the finals but fell short against the tandem of Chinese duo. Fadhilah and Anggraini only settled as runners up. Also placing in third were fellow Indonesian Andika Ramadiansyah and Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso.
All in all, it was a good performance of our Southeast Asian athletes in this six-day tournament.