Hee Kar Yen of Malaysia upset former Japanese national squad member, Tomokatsu Yamashita by beating top seed twice, 219-217 and 218-207 to win her biggest international title and the top prize of RM35,000 (approx. US$10,600).
In the all-Malaysian semi-final match, third seed Hee beat fellow team-mates, Siti Shazwani and winner of the first match, Zulmazran Zulkifli, 210-195-192 to advance to the championship match.
Zulmazran took the first match by defeating fourth-seed, Kang Bo Long and ex-national, Zaid Izlan, 248-246-207 to advance to the semi. Tomokatsu took home RM20,000 while Siti and Zulmazran pocketed RM10,000 and RM8,000.
The Japanese topped the earlier 10-games finals with 2453 followed by Siti in second with 2426 and the champion in third with 2419. Zulmazran, Kang and Zaid joined them from fourth to sixth positions.
Photos courtesy of Paul Chua.