Hans-Kristian Vittinghus wins Australian Open

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Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (L) on the podium with South Korea's Jeon Hyeok-Jin (R) after winning the 2016 Australian Open. (photo: AFP)

Sydney: Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus who led Denmark to become the first European nation to win the Thomas Cup in last month’s Thomas Cup final in Kunshan, China, won his first ever Super Series tournament after overcoming Korea’s Jeon Hyeok Jin in a 3-set tussle in the Australian Badminton Open men’s singles final on Sunday in Sydney.Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (L) on the podium with South Korea's Jeon Hyeok-Jin (R) after winning the 2016 Australian Open. (photo: AFP)

The unseeded Vittinghus beat South Korean Jeon Hyeok Jin 21-16, 19-21, 21-11 in 70 minutes to lift the Australian Open title. His triumph in Sydney also made him the first Danish men’s singles player to win a Superseries title in two years, after Jan Jorgensen won the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier in June 2014.Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo celebrates after their 2016 Australian Open victory. (photo: AFP)

Vittinghus dropped to his knees on winning the match point after coming up short winning the 2014 Superseries Masters final to China’s Chen Long in Dubai.

Chen, the world No 2, was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open by Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting on Friday. Vittinghus took home a US$41,000 check as the winner.

After winning the India Open Super Series earlier this year, Indonesia’s men’s doubles No. 7 seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo clinched the Australian Open on Sunday by defeating compatriots Angga Pratama/Ricky Karanda Suwardi. It is worth noting that Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo also beat the same opponents Angga Pratama/Ricky Karanda Suwardi in the India Open final.

“We played calmly and tried to enjoy the match as much as possible. On the other hand, we noticed Angga/Ricky were a little nervous, and we took great advantage on that,” said Gideon.

Angga/Ricky accepted the defeat and were hoping to play better in their upcoming tournaments.

“They played better than us today, we’ll need to practice harder and keep improving,” said Ricky.

Indonesia took home only the men’s doubles title after their women’s doubles pair Greysia Polii / Nitya Maheswari Krishinda lost to China’s Bao Yixin/Chen Qingchen in the final.

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