ZAKRY Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari's attempt to win their first men's doubles crown as a professional pair was thwarted by Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan of China in the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold in Bangkok yesterday.
Zakry-Fairuz, who played in their first final since leaving the national team in September, were beaten 21-18, 21-19 in 39 minutes.
The KLRC Berhad-based Zakry-Fairuz's despair was joy for Xiaolong-Zihan as it was their maiden international crown after two failures in the Bitburger and Canada opens last year.
However, Zakry-Fairuz can still afford a smile as they have done better than the national back-up pairs as none made it past the quarter-finals. Zakry-Fairuz had accounted for Low Juan Shen-Tan Yip Jiun in the second round and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong in the last eight.
Despite the defeat, Zakry-Fairuz will climb up the ranking from World No 47 to No 37 but more importantly, approach the Indonesia Open, beginning tomorrow, confidently.
RESULTS (All Finals) -- Men's singles: Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) bt Chen Yuekun (Chn) 21-17, 21-14.
Doubles: Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan (Chn) bt Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari (Mas) 21-18, 21-19.
Women's singles: Saine Nehwal (Ind) bt Ratchanok Inthanon (Tha) 19-21, 21-15, 21-10.
Doubles: Lam Narissapat-Saralee Thungthongkam (Tha) bt Cheng Shu-Pan Pan (Chn) 21-15, 10-21, 21-13.
Mixed doubles: Tao Jiaming-Tang Jinhua (Chn) bt Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thungthongkam (Tha) 21-14, 21-16.