Shuttler Yeo wins Vietnam Open
She was unseeded at the Vietnam Open, having been promoted to the main draw of the women's singles event from the qualifiers.
Nonetheless, Singapore shuttler Yeo Jia Min went on a giant-killing run which culminated in a shock 21-19, 21-19 win over China's world No. 37 Han Yue in yesterday's final at the Nguyen Du Cultural Sports Club in Ho Chi Minh City.
The 19-year-old teenager, ranked 92nd in the world, also slayed higher-ranked opponents en route to the final - Indonesia's Yulia Yosephin Susanto (59th), Thailand's Chananchida Jucharoen (86th), Hong Kong's Deng Joy Xuan (69th) and Japan's Minatsu Mitani (26th).
It was Yeo's second title at the senior level; she also won the women's singles title at the 2016 Vietnam Open - a Badminton World Federation Super 100 event (sixth tier). "I thank God for this win; I feel relieved and happy at the same time and I couldn't have done it without my coach and the support back in Singapore," the former world junior No. 1 said in a phone interview yesterday.
She trailed by as many as four points in both games yesterday against Han - a semi-finalist at the Singapore Badminton Open last month - but rallied back.
National singles coach Kelvin Ho praised Yeo, saying: "She was very brave, clear-minded in choosing the right shot at the right time. She was unpredictable in her attacking shots, she was focused and confident, too." - LIM SAY HENG