TOKYO — Bao Chunlai shocked Athens Olympic gold medallist Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia to make it a Chinese double at the Japan Open Sunday after Wang Yihan won the women's crown.
The unseeded Asian champion, who previously eliminated third seed Peter Gade of Denmark and Vietnam's Tien Minh Nguyen, the eighth seed, powered his way to a 21-15, 21-12 win.
Earlier, defending champion Wang Yihan chalked up a 21-8, 21-9 victory over Wang Xin in an all-Chinese final to retain the women's singles title.
"When I reached the final for the first time here, I was still young and I was nervous. Today, I was able to play my very best," said Bao, the runner-up in 2004.
"Lin Dan and Chen Jin stayed away this week and I was alone with Chen Long, so I played against players from other countries. That made me more comfortable to play. Although I felt pressure, I prepared very well," he added.
Bao's gameplan was to move the Indonesian around by hitting well-controlled shots.