The final round of the 2019 New Zealand Open which was held at the Event Stadium in Finda, Auckland, New Zealand, earlier today is now over. Who became the ultimate champions and what is to be mentioned as the highlights of the final?
Top mixed couples took home the victory
Malaysian top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying have won the New Zealand Open for their second title of the year. The world No. 5 brilliantly came from behind to beat Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti 14-21, 21-16, 29-27 in an epic final that lasted an hour and 25 minutes in Auckland on Sunday (May 5). Peng Soon-Liu Ying reclaimed the title they last won in 2016. They had earlier won the Thailand Masters in January.
The victory gives Peng Soon-Liu Ying a perfect start to their Olympics qualifying bid, as the tournament serves as the curtain raiser to the Road to Tokyo.
Indonesia ensured two championship titles from five numbers contested
Jonatan Christie (men’s singles) and Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan (men’s doubles) won the BWF Super 300 New Zealand Open 2019 tournament. Jonatan Christie’s men’s singles champion won his first BWF World Tour title after frustrating NG Angus Long (Hong Kong) two direct games. Jonatan won 21-12, 21-13 in the match for 39 minutes. With these results, Jonatan Christie also managed to improve the record meeting with NG Ka Long Angus. The last four meetings between the two badminton players were won by NG Ka Long Angus.
Men’s doubles pair Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan won their second title after the 2019 All England. The men’s doubles with the nickname The Daddies won after playing a rubber game duel with Japanese representatives, Hiroyuki Endo / Yuta Watanabe. The Daddies won 20-22, 21-15, 21-17 after competing for 1 hour 7 minutes. Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan also managed to avenge their defeat at the 2018 BWF World Tour tournament. Unfortunately, the success of Jonatan Christie and Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan was not followed by a mixed double pair of Praveen Jordan / Melati Daeva Oktavianti. They lost to Chan Peng Soon / Goh Liu Ying rubber game 14-21, 21-16, 27-29.
After the 2019 New Zealand Open tournament, the Indonesian badminton national team will prepare to take part in the 2019 Sudirman Cup mixed team championship held on May 19-26.
Unseeded South Korean Se Young-an claims BWF New Zealand Open women’s title
Unseeded South Korean Se Young-an completed a remarkable achievement at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) New Zealand Open today by beating China’s Li Xuerui in the final. Li, the London 2012 individual champion, had returned to the sport after a serious knee injury and had produced a surprise in the semi-finals of this Super 300 tournament by beating Japan’s top seed Akane Yamaguchi.
But she had no answer to Se, who has deposed a series of more highly-ranked players at Auckland’s Eventfinda Stadium this week, and claimed the title thanks to a 21-19, 21-15 success.
|Men’s Singles||Jonatan Christie|
|Women’s Singles||An Se-young|
|Men’s Doubles|| Mohammad Ahsan|
|Women’s Doubles|| Kim So-yeong|
|Mixed Doubles|| Chan Peng Soon|
Goh Liu Ying