Taiwan claims gold at Yonex Open finals

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 03, 2017
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Taiwan’s badminton players won two gold and three silver medals at the Yonex Open Chinese Taipei

Wang Tzu-wei, left, and Chou Tien-chen, right, embrace following their Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold final yesterday. Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

yesterday, with Chou Tien-chen claiming the men’s singles title, and Chen Hung-ling and Wang Chi-lin taking the doubles title.

In the all-Taiwanese men’s singles showdown, Chou survived an initial setback against compatriot Wang Tzu-wei for a three-set victory, defending the title he won last year.

Wang won the first set, but world No. 6 Chou fought back to win the match 18-21, 21-19, 21-15 in 1 hour, 17 minutes.

“In the first set I got behind and had to make adjustments. I also said a prayer to encourage myself,” Chou said after the game. “Wang has really improved. He is getting stronger in his attack.”

“It is really good to see Wang making progress and I relish the competitive spirit between us. Only by having more competitors to push us to improve can Taiwan’s overall strength in badminton move up in world rankings,” he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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