Mens Singles success for Christie
Jonatan Christie (Indonesia) went one better than last year in taking out the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Open men’s singles title, winning the final 21-12, 21-13 over Angus Ng Ka Long (Hong Kong China).
After tasting defeat at the hands of Lin Dan (China) last year, number three seed Christie went about his work with an experience that belied his relative youthful 21 years and in the process made a statement at the start of the Olympic qualifying period, having come into the tournament as the third ranked Indonesian.
Ng was in his first HSBC BWF Tour Final and may well have emptied the tank in his shock win over Dan yesterday, and just had no answer to the consistency of Christie, who found ways to win points from all corners of the court.
Christie was delighted with his victory and has hopes for many more at all levels on the HSBC World Tour.
“I am very excited with this being my first time as a champion on the BWF World Tour at 300 level, next I hope to be champion at 500, 750 and maybe 1000 level, I hope so. My focus was to enjoy this week, to enjoy first, to play second, with nothing to lose.”
Christie has an eye on a bigger prize too, in Tokyo next year, with this week being the first tournament in the Olympic qualifying window.
“Because Indonesia has three men’s singles with Anthony and Tommy, I want to qualify in the Olympics for Tokyo next year, this is the perfect start to the qualifying for me.”
Christie understandably has a soft spot for New Zealand after his runner-up finish last year and now victory.
“I am very happy here, I enjoy New Zealand Open very much and next year, maybe I will be back again.”