Dubai: World number two Chen Long of China finished 2014 on a high note by winning the Dubai BWF (Badminton World Federation) World Superseries Finals men’s singles title on Sunday, cruising past Denmark shuttler Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-16, 21-10 in 47 minutes.
Chen was on yet another slow start in the first set before he finished the game with 21-16. Whether luck, tactics or a combination of both, when trailing 9-10, Chen Long sparked a surge that saw him reel off 12 straight points to clinch the second set 21-10 and took home his fourth major title of the year.
“I am very happy especially due to the support I received during this competition. It was a great atmosphere and I think I thrived on the support I received from the crowd,” Chen said after receiving his trophy from Saeed Hareb, General Secretary, Dubai Sports Council (DSC), in the presence of Poul-Erik Hoyer, President, Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Chen Long is expected to climb to world number one in the BWF ranking that will be released next Thursday.
Meanwhile, South Korea’s Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong claimed the men’s doubles by beating China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei 19-21, 21-19, 21-16 in an intense battle that lasted nearly an hour and a half.
In the last final of the evening, China’s Zhao Yunlei shrugged off her earlier disappointment of losing in the women’s doubles to pick up the mixed doubles by partnering Zhang Nan for a 21-15, 21-12 win over team-mates Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin, after Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan had overcome Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei of China 21-17, 21-14 for the women’s doubles.