Wendy Chen and Raymond Tam have come away from Sydney with two titles each following the finals of the Australian Closed Championships on Sunday. Chen took out the women’s singles and doubles while Tam claimed the men’s doubles and mixed doubles.
Tam claimed his first title of the day when he partnered with NSW team mate Susan Wang in the mixed doubles to defeat fellow NSW pairing Hoang Pham and Siao Yien Jasmine Yeo. Tam and Wang were untroubled throughout the match, comfortably winning 21-13 21-11.
Tam’s Second title did not come as easy as his first when Victorian’s Anthony Chang and Nelson Oon pushed Tam and NSW partner Guy Gibson to 3 games in the final of the men’s doubles. After dropping the first game 19-21 Tam and Gibson were forced to come from behind to claim the victory, winning the final two games 21-15 and 21-16 respectively.
Queensland’s Wendy Chen was also looking to win two titles in the finals of the WD and WS. The women’s singles final saw Chen get off to a slow start, dropping the first game 21-23 against Victorian Natasha Sharp. The Victorian junior however could not stick with Chen when she improved her level in the second and third games as Chen comfortable to the remaining games 21-9 21-9.
Chen paired up with fellow Queenslander Chia-Ju Hsieh against the Victorian/South Australian combination of Tara Pilven and Talia Saunders. The Queensland duo proved to be far too strong as they took the match 21-14 21-13.
Western Australian Nick Kidd go in as heavy favourite against Queenslander Wes Caulkett in the final of the men’s singles after Kidd had gone through the Clendinnen Shield team event earlier in the week undefeated, this included a comfortable 2 games win over Caulkett. This appeared to mater for nothing as Caulkett came out a completely different player taking the opening game 21-8. Kidd put up some more resistance in the second game, however Caulkett held strong to take the game 21-16 and claim the men’s singles title.