Teenagers produce stunning final in Waikato International badminton
Canadian teenager Brittney Tam provided the highlight of the Waikato International badminton tournament.
The 19-year-old captured the women's singles title and a host of valuable world ranking points when she won a thrilling final in Hamilton on Saturday.
Tam, the tournament's fourth seed, defeated 17-year-old Huang Yin Hsuan of Chinese Taipei by coming from behind to win their dramatic final 17-21 25-23 21-16 in just over an hour. Tam also had to win three-set matches on Thursday and Friday to make the final.
The victory should move the teen into the world's top 100 after starting the tournament ranked 102.
Top seed Erik Meijs of The Netherlands captured the men's title in straight sets.
The world No 93, who played Wisden Cup matches for Waikato last month, defeated Germany's Alexander Roovers 21-12 21-16 in 32 minutes. The 26-year-old was in dominant form throughout the tournament, not dropping a set in his five singles matches.
The women's doubles title in the Badminton World Federation level four International Series event went to the pairing of Li Zi Qing and Teng Chun Sun with a 21-16 21-19 victory over Cheng Yu-Pei and Chia-Wei Liang in an all-Chinese Taipei affair, while a tight tussle in the men's doubles final saw Su Li Wei and Ye Hong Wei from Chinese Taipei stave off Tang Jie Chen and Wooi Yik Soh from Malaysia 21-16 17-21 21-19 in 49 minutes.
A number of the tournament's best-performed players will now head to the world championships , which are in Scotland in a fortnight.