Malaysian national back-up shuttlers ended their European campaign by capturing two titles at the Austrian Open in the mixed doubles and men’s doubles categories on Sunday.
Choong Hon Jian-Toh Ee Wei got the ball rolling with another mixed doubles triumph, after they came from behind to upset top seeded French pair William Villeger-Sharone Bauer 16-21, 21-19, 21-19.
Men’s doubles pair Arif Junaidi-Haikal Muhammad followed suit to dispatch another French pair Lucas Corvee-Ronan Labar 21-17, 21-15 for their maiden senior title.
It was all in all a splendid outing for the national contingent in Europe, who won four titles in total in the span of a week.
The national shuttlers had also reigned supreme in the mixed and women's doubles at the Slovenia International last week.
For Choong-Toh, the victory marked their third title in two months for the world number 182 pair, adding to their Polish Open success in March and also triumph in Slovenia.
Amazingly, the pair have been only playing together since March, a month after Toh returned to the national fold for the third time.
Toh has been playing in the mixed doubles with Choong since then, having carved out her career in the women’s doubles prior.
The Malaysians took home US$5,000 (RM20,667) as champions.
Anna Ching- Yap Cheng Wen failed to make it a hat-trick of titles in Graz after they lost 11-21, 16-21 to Indonesians Ni Ketut Istarani-Serena Kani in the women’s doubles final.
It was still a good outing for Ching-Yap, who have been playing together only this month and did well to reach the Spain Masters quarter-finals last week.