Taipei: Chou Tien Chen, the world No. 7 men’s singles player from Taiwan finally won the Chinese Taipei Open following two runner-up finishes – 2012, and 2015 in the tournament.
Chou overcame a tough challenge from the World No. 53 Chinese opponent Qiao Bin in the final before brushing off Qiao 21-18, 21-17 in 56 minutes. Chou also became the first Taiwanese player to win the Chinese Taipei Open in 17 years after ex-Indonesian national player – Fung Permadi who later turned Taiwanese citizen won it in 1999.
Even though badminton powerhouse China did not win any titles in the singles tournaments, they still earned enough bragging rights by winning the other 3 doubles events.
The No. 1 men’s doubles seeds Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen fought back from dropping the second set and held off a serious challenge from local shuttlers Chen Hung-ling/Wang Chi-ling before surviving the narrowest escape of the day with a win over the Taiwanese pair 21-17, 17-21, 24-22 in an one hour encounter.
In mixed doubles, Malaysian pair Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing’s run of good momentum at the Chinese Taipei Open ended when they bowed out to Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen of China in the final, losing 18-21, 16-21.
China also won the women’s doubles title on Sunday.