Tien-chen of Taiwan wins men's title
Jakarta: Taiwan shuttler Chou Tien-chen won the men's singles at the Indonesia Open badminton tournament Sunday, his first title in a Super 1000 level event.
The world number three became the first Taiwanese 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.
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.
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