Wang Yihan, who was upset by Li Xuerui in the 2012 Olympic final, won 21-11, 21-19 in the Singapore Open women's singles final.
She was trailing the top seed Li Xuerui for most of the second game, but luck was on her side when she were able to tie the second game at 19-19, and then score two critical net points to seal the match.
Olympic champion Li Xuerui refused to speak to media after the match. She probably felt bitter after losing to Wang Yihan for the second year in a row.
“Both of us had given our best at today's match, I was trailing behind Li in the second set and on the verge of losing that game. However, I told myself I couldn't give up that easily, and gradually, scoring one point at a time, I managed to make a comeback,” Wang said.
“Those two lucky net points at the end of second set definitely affected Li.”
In the women's doubles, China’s Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua, beneficiaries of a walkover in the semis, upset top seeds Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl from Denmark 14-21, 21-19, 21-15 in a 71-minute marathon final.
In the men’s doubles, Lee Sheng-mu and Tsai Chia-hsin from Taiwan fell to Chinese rivals in the men's doubles final of the 2014 OUE Singapore Open on Sunday after an impressive run in the US$300,000 event.
Seeded sixth in the 32-team draw, Lee and Tsai lost to the unseeded Chinese team of Cai Yun and Lu Kai in straight sets, 21-19, 21-14, in 42 minutes. The match was tighter than the score would indicate. The first set was tied at 19-19 before the Taiwanese pair lost the final two points, and they took an 8-3 lead in the second set, only to see the Chinese team rally past them.
Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir from Indonesia comfortably defended their mixed doubles title with a 21-15, 22-20 win over fellow Indonesians Riky Widianto and Puspita Richi Dili.