Chen Long, Carolina win titles in Malaysia Open
China’s Chen Long and Spain’s Carolina Marin clinched the men’s and women’s singles titles, respectively, in the $500,000 Malaysia Open Superseries Premier badminton tournament at the Putra Stadium here on Sunday.
Reigning World champion Long overcame compatriot and five-time World champion Lin Dan 20-22, 21-13, 21-11 in an hour and 18 minutes. The win helped World No.1 Long improved his head-to-head record to 2-7 against the two-time Olympic champion Dan.
In the women’s singles final, current World Champion Carolina got the better of China’s Olympic champion Li Xuerui 19-21, 21-19, 21-17 in an hour and 11 minutes.
World No.2 also improved her career meetings record to 2-3 against the World No.3 Xuerui, who on Saturday ended India’s Saina Nehwal campaign in the semi-final.In the women’s doubles final, the Chinese pair of Luo Ying and Luo Yu overwhelmed South Koreans Chang Ye Na and Jung Kyung Eun 21-18, 21-9 in 54 minuts.
The mixed doubles final was an all-Chinese affair. Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei outplayed Xu Chen and Ma Jin 21-16, 21-14 in 45 minutes.