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|July 23, 2001||
Ong Ewe Hock wins Malaysian Open
Indonesian upstart Rony Augustinus failed to maintain his giant-killing streak and lost in the men's singles final at the Malaysia Open on Sunday.
The unseeded Indonesian, who had beaten the likes of Korean No. 1 Park Tae-Sang, All-England champion Pulella Gopichand of India, reigning World champion Hendrawan of Indonesia and top seeded Chen Hong of China en route to the final, was beaten by 29-year-old Malaysian Ong Ewe Hock 7-3, 2-7, 0-7, 8-6, 7-1 in a little under 50 minutes.
It was Ong's second triumph at the Malaysian Open and only his second career title. In 1996, Ong had beaten Indonesia's Indra Wijaya in the final for the crown.
The women’s singles final was a repeat of the World championships gold medal match, with Gong Ruina getting the better of her teammate Zhou Mi 7-3, 7-2, 7-4.
However, two other world champions -- Huang Sui-Gao Ling of China and Tony Gunawan-Halim Haryanto were forced to bite the dust, losing 1-7, 7-4, 3-7, 0-7 to Huang Nanyan-Yang Wei.
Former world champions Candra Wijaya-Sigit Budiarto established themselves as the best Indonesian pair with an upset 7-4, 4-7, 7-2, 2-7, 7-5 win over Tony-Halim.
The results: (all finals)
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