KUALA LUMPUR: Third time was indeed a charm for national men's singles shuttler, Cheam June Wei, who earlier today (Sunday) claimed the Dutch Open crown, his first senior title, after reaching his third final this year.
The 21-year-old Malaysian, was in superb form, coming back from a game down to see off Poland's Adrian Dziolko 13-21, 21-13, 21-10.
The win is a huge boost for June Wei, who just last week lost in the final of the Finnish Open to teammate Leong Jun Hao.
Earlier in February, June Wei reached the final of the Austrian Open, before going down in straight games to India's P. Kashyap.
"I am very happy to have won my first senior title, but this is just the beginning. There will be more challenges for me in the future," said June Wei, when contacted earlier.
"I must stay focused and be hungry for even more success."
National men's singles coach Indra Widjaya, did not rule out the possibility of June Wei making the cut for the Thomas Cup team which takes place next month in Bangkok.
"It has yet to be decided, but I believe it is still open to just about anybody who deserves it and has shown good form. When we return to Malaysia, all the men's singles coaches (Hendrawan and Sairul Amar Ayob) will discuss with head coach Misbun Sidek, before making a final decision. There are a lot of aspects that need to be taken into consideration.
"All I can say is, I am very happy with June Wei and Jun Hao’s performance from these two tournaments here in Europe (Finnish and Dutch Opens)," said Indra.
Meanwhile, M.Thinaah could have made it a double for Malaysia, but the national women's singles player fell short in the final.
Thinaah, who won the Iran International Challenge in February, lost 17-21, 21-15, 21-11 to top seed Julia Dawall Jakobsen of Denmark.
"I know I played well, but I also know that it just wasn't enough. I'll take the lessons learnt from this defeat and improve on my weakness. I won't give up.
"The singles spot for the Uber Cup is still open, and I will fight to earn my place in the team," said a determined Thinaah, who will compete next in the Malaysia International Challenge next week.