Taiwanese player wins men’s badminton singles title at Korea Open

Taipei, Taiwanese badminton player Chou Tien-chen (???) clinched the men's singles title at the Korea Open Sunday, defeating Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in two straight sets.

World No. 4 Chou posted a 21-13, 21-16 win over the 30-year-old world No. 14 Indonesian in a final that lasted just 39 minutes, to secure his third title of the season.

Both players have beaten each other four times in their eight previous meetings, with Chou losing the most recent two before Sunday's match.

In the final, Chou managed to come back from a 5-8 deficit to beat the Indonesian by unleashing a strong attack and adding 7 points before taking the first set 21-13.

In the second set, Chou took the lead at the beginning before the two players tied at 8, but Chou went on to retake the lead and finished 21-16.

The Korea Open, which has a purse of US$600,000, is a Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 500 series tournament.

It was the third major title for Chou this year after he beat Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong in the final of the German Open in March, another BWF Super 300 Series event, and defeating compatriot Hsu Jen-hao (???) to secure the men's singles title at the 2018 Singapore Open, also a BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament, in July.

In addition, Chou took silver after losing to Indonesia's Jonatan Christie in the final of the men's singles at the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games in August.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel