A STAR IN THE MAKING
Christian wins singles and doubles title in Terengganu
MALAYSIA may have found a legitimate tennis talent in Christian Didier Chin. The 17-year-old earned a breakthrough in his tennis career by winning both the singles and doubles titles at the ITF Terengganu International Junior Championships (Grade 4) in Padang Hiliran yesterday.
Christian, the second seed, defeated Japan’s Mitsui Shunsuke 6-2, 6-4 in the singles final.
In the doubles, he and Karan Srivastava of India overcame Taiwan’s Chen Yu FengLin Han Chih 6-2, 6-3 for the title.
Christian, who is of Malaysian-Taiwanese parentage, is the first local junior in recent times to win both the singles and doubles titles in an ITF event held here.
For the record, it was his second singles title of the season after the Kuala Lumpur Junior International Championship (Grade Five) in March.
The double victories yesterday will move Christian at least 70 rungs up from his current junior ranking of World No 241.
Christian’s recent successes put him in a favourable position of being selected for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games on Aug 1930.
“I was playing unbelievable tennis in the tournament. My confidence grew when I bounced back from 5-2 down to beat Thailand’s second best junior player Kasidit Samrej 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the third round,” Christian told Timesport yesterday.
“In the final today, Shunsuke made me work hard as he was fast and fighting for every point. It is a great win and now I am aiming for bigger tournaments in Grade Two and Three categories.
“My aim was to break into the top 200 by the end of the season but I have already achieved it. The goal now is to go beyond top 100 as it will earn me spots in Junior Grand Slams,” said Christian, who will play in the Asian Junior Championships (Grade B1) in India on May 29-June 3.
National coach S. Selvarajoo said Christian is heading towards greater things in his career.
“He is definitely a player with talent and I believe he will put Malaysian tennis on the world map again if he continues to work hard.
“He has excellent fighting qualities but he must work on his returns, where he needs to add more speed and power.”
Christian Didier Chin returns a shot to Japan’s Shunsuke Mitsui in semi-finals of the ITF Terengganu International Junior Championships (Grade 4) in Padang Hiliran yesterday.