LABUAN: China dominated the 2nd Labuan Open International Tennis Federation (ITF) UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour 2019, winning three categories – both the men and women’s singles, and women’s double.
The men’s singles was won by Chao Du and his team buddy Shun Jiang Dong got the 1st runner-up, while Zhenzhen Zhu won the women’s singles while her team mate JHui Min Huang earned the second place.
Their team mate Hui Min Huang partnered with Zhenzhen won the women’s doubles after edging mix double Ziying Wang (China) and Wanitha Inthanin from Thailand.
Sri Lankans, DSR Dharmasena and RALS Ranaweera broke the Chinese domination by successfully defending men’s doubles, winning over Malaysia’s Abu Samah Borhan and Mohd Yusshazwan.
The event on March 10 – 12 attracted the world’s top 50 wheelchair tennis players from seven countries including Malaysia, China, Iraq, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Australia,
Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia(WTM) president Iqbal Sulaiman said the event was held successfully with increased participation from five countries last year to seven.
“We are hoping for more attractive prizes next year for the winners, and Labuan again will host the event…we will do our bid to get more participants from many countries,” he said after the prize presentation here Tuesday night.
Iqbal said the Borneo’s Wheelchair Tour would be held in June-July next year in Labuan in preparation for the Olympic 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.
Member of Parliament for Labuan Datuk Rozman Isli after presenting the prizes and certificates said the tennis sports facilities would be improved with funding from the Federal Territories Ministry, Labuan Corporation, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) and Sports and Youth Department.
“This tournament had been listed as Labuan’s year calendar of event as part our efforts to increase tourist arrival here,” he said.
Rozman said with the fast-becoming popular sports event, Labuan should think of adapting its town into a wheelchair-accessible town (wheelchair friendly-island).