KUALA LUMPUR: Yap Roy King and Valeree Siow became mainstays of the national team when they helped Malaysia win three badminton titles at the Latvian International Championships in Jelgava on Sunday night.
Duo Yap Roy King-Valeree Siow first won the mixed doubles title after defeating compatriots Muhammad Nurfird of Azman-Low Yeen Yuan 22-20, 21-15 in a 36-minute final at Jelgava Sports Lobby.
Roy King then teamed up with Muhammad Nurfirdaus to win his second title after defeating compatriots Wan Arif Wan Junaidi-Muhammad Haikal Nazri 21-23, 21-15, 21-19 in the men’s doubles final.
Valeree also won her second title at the tournament when she teamed up with Yeen Yuan to win the women’s doubles competition, beating Italian pair Martina Corsini-Judith Mair 21-7, 21-17 in the final.
For Roy King, he was indeed determined to qualify for the final of both events and was happy to be able to complete the mission, especially after recovering from a Covid-19 infection before that.
“I think this tournament gave me the confidence to team up with Nurfirdaus to face any pair, it was the same with Valeree in mixed doubles,” he said in an audio message to Malaysian media today.
Meanwhile, while happy with the success, Valeree admitted there was still a lot to improve on, especially her movement on the pitch to ensure she is better prepared to play at a higher level.
“I want to thank my two partners who have guided me well on the pitch so that I can concentrate more when I play,” she said.
However, national men’s singles player Kok Jing Hong had to leave the tournament in the semi-finals after losing 11-21, 17-21 to Indian Meiraba Luwang Maisnam. Bernama