TheStar BASEL: Malaysiaâ€™s Mohd Hafiz Hashim stunned top seed Peter Gade-Christensen of Denmark to win the menâ€™s singles title in the US$80,000 Swiss Open badminton championships here yesterday. After a runner-up finish at the German Open two weeks ago and losing in the All-England third round to Japanese Shoji Sato last week, the 23-year-old Hafiz finally got it right this time. The second seed outclassed Gade-Christensen 17-14, 15-10 in 54 minutes to win Malaysiaâ€™s first title in the World Grand Prix Circuit this season. Earlier in the semi-finals on Saturday, Hafiz slogged to beat South Korean Jang Young-soo 12-15, 15-11, 15-7 while Gade-Christensen struggled to a 15-9, 4-15, 15-7 win over Lee Hyun-il of South Korea. Yesterdayâ€™s title was Hafizâ€™s first triumph in two years. His last title came at the All-England in 2003. Hafiz, the world number 11, thus joined his brother Roslin in the Swiss Open record books. Roslin became the first Malaysian to win the title in 2001. For the 29-year-old Gade-Christensen, the defeat to Hafiz came as a big blow. Just a week ago, Gade-Christensenâ€™s All-England dream was ended by Roslin in the third round at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. Coach Misbun Sidek was pleased with Hafizâ€™s breakthrough after two years in the wilderness. â€œThe personalised training that we started five weeks ago has certainly helped Hafiz and I am happy for him,â€ said Misbun. â€œNow, he is more determined but he must continue to improve if he wants to match the top players from China. This is a good start though.â€ Misbun said he hoped the win would boost Hafizâ€™s morale. â€œMy job now is to help maintain his morale, keep motivating him to achieve bigger success,â€ said Misbun, who will now prepare Hafiz for the Japan Open from April 5-10. n RESULTS Menâ€™s singles Semi-finals: Peter Gade-Christensen (Den) bt Lee Hyun-il (Kor) 15-9, 4-15, 15-7; Mohd Hafiz Hashim (Mas) bt Jang Young-soo (Kor) 12-15, 15-11, 15-7. Final: Hafiz bt Gade-Christensen 17-14, 15-10. Menâ€™s doubles Semi-finals: Candra Wijaya-Sigit Budiarto (Ina) bt Luluk Hadiyanto-Alven Yulianto (Ina) 6-15, 15-12, 15-8; Flandi Limpele-Eng Hian (Ina) bt Jonas Rasmussen-Lars Paaske (Den) 15-11, 15-5. Womenâ€™s singles Semi-finals: Pi Hongyan (Fra) bt Wang Chen (Hkg) 11-5, 11-4; Xu Huaiwen (Ger) bt Yao Jie (Ned) 11-3, 11-6 Womenâ€™s doubles Semi-finals: Chien Yu-chin-Cheng Wen-hsing (Tpe) bt Greysia Polii-Heni Budiman (Ina) 15-7, 15-3; Lee Kyung-won-Lee Hyo-jung (Kor) bt Ella Tripp-Joanne Wright (Eng) 15-1, 15-9. Final: Kyung-won-Hyo-jung (Kor) bt Yu-chin-Wen-hsing 15-8, 15-12 Mixed doubles Semi-finals: Nathan Robertson-Gail Emms (Eng) bt Carsten Mogensen-Rikke Olsen (Den) 15-2, 15-7; Nova Widianto-Lilyana Natsir (Ina) bt Lee Jae-jin-Lee Hyo-jung (Kor) 15-10, 15-6. Final: Robertson-Emms bt Nova-Lilyana 17-14, 15-6.