HONG KONG — Olympic and four-time world champion Lin Dan crushed Chen Jin 21-12, 21-19 in an all-Chinese men's singles final at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday, drawing an emphatic line under a recent indifferent spell.
Victory over 2010 world champion Chen in the $250,000 event was just the second Super Series title of the year for third-ranked "Super Dan", the sport's most decorated player, who won his fourth world crown in London in August.
Lin, who ended the hopes of Malaysian arch-rival and world number one Lee Chong Wei in the semi-finals, proved too strong for Chen in front of a sizeable crowd at the Hong Kong Coliseum.
After a closely fought opening to the match, left-handed Lin won seven consecutive points to seal the first game 21-12. He hit a total of eight smash winners, always looking in control against his fifth-ranked opponent.