Sunday, 25 March 2012
Memorable double for Hao Sheng
From left: Foo Sherwin, Koay Hao Sheng, Aulana Shevita and Kaaviya Balasubramaniam, the Boys' and Girls' Under-14 doubles champions respectively of the 2nd Penang Asian Under-14 championships yesterday. Pic by K. Kandiah
KOAY Hao Sheng was Malaysia's saviour in the Penang Asian Under-14 tennis championships yesterday, clinching the singles title and then partnering Singaporean Foo Sherwin for the doubles crown.
Hao Sheng, who is ranked ninth by the Asian Tennis Federation, defeated Taiwan's Yu Hua-Chen 6-3, 6-3 at the Penang Sports Club Tennis Complex in George Town.
The Perlis lad, who won back-to-back titles at the Penang Open International Junior age-group championships and the Perlis Open International Junior age-group championship in Nov, was in his element as he made short work of his opponent.
Hao Sheng later partnered Sherwin to thrash the Malaysian pair of Talhah Mohamad Rahiz- Sheikh Ameer Sheikh Ahmad 6-2, 6-2.
The 14-year-old SMK Derma student said it was the first time he had partnered Sherwin, which only happened after a request from the latter via Facebook.
"I am really happy as I have never won an ATF title, although I won both the singles and doubles titles at the International Tennis Federation Group 2 championship in Vietnam earlier this year."
RESULTS (all finals) -- Boys Singles: Koay Hao Sheng (Mas) bt Yu Hua-Chen (Tai) 6-3, 6-3; Doubles: Koay Hao Sheng-Foo Sherwin (Mas-Sin) bt Talhah Mohamad Rahiz-Sheikh Ameer Sheikh Ahmad (Mas) 6-2, 6-2; Girls Singles: Cho I-Hsuan (Tai) bt Aulana Shevita (Ina) 6-0, 6-2; Doubles: Kaaviya Balasubramaniam-Aulana Shevita (Ind-Ina) bt Shamira Azzahra Shamira-Shafira Irania (Ina) 6-4, 6-3. By K. Kandiah