JAKARTA (AFP) – Taiwan shuttler Chou Tien-chen won the men’s singles at the Indonesia Open badminton tournament last Sunday night, his first title in a Super 1000 level event.
The world number three became the first from Taiwan to win the title at the Indonesia Open, after defeating Denmark’s Anders Antonsen 21-18, 24-26, 21-15 in 91 minutes.
“It was a good game, both of us pressured each other for 90 minutes, it was a long game … and exhausting,” the 29-year-old said through an interpreter after the match.
In the women’s singles, Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi clinched the title after defeating India’s Pusarla V Sindhu 21-15, 21-16.
She only advanced to the final for the first time after demolishing Taiwan’s world number one Tai Tzu-ying last Saturday.
Meanwhile, in the women’s doubles, Japanese duo Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota beat their compatriots Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi 21-16, 21-18.
In an all-Chinese mixed doubles, Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong outclassed Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping 21-13, 21-18 to clinch the title.
The men’s doubles final was an all-Indonesian affair with the world’s top-ranked pair Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo besting Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan 21-19 and 21-16.
The powerhouse duo – affectionately dubbed the ‘Minions’ after the yellow characters in a popular 2015 animated film – praised their opponents and fellow countrymen for their fast-paced game.
“We were very lucky in the first game, we relied a lot on luck. It was extremely difficult to predict their moves,” Sukamuljo told a press conference.