Taiwan badminton ace Chou Tienchen clinched the men's singles at the Indonesia Open July 21 in Jakarta, becoming the first player from the country to achieve the honor.
Chou outlasted his Danish opponent Anders Antonsen 2118, 2426, 2115 in 91 minutes, bagging his first tournament triumph of the year and US$87,500 in prize money. The world No. 3 maintained the momentum he built through the competition's earlier rounds, racing to a 123 lead and holding on to seal the opening set 2118 despite a fierce response from the Dane.
In the second set, Chou went up 51 before Antonsen fought back to level the tie. The decider saw the pair even at 77, but the 29yearold proved too strong for his opponent, and he won with a cleverly executed net point.
During a posttournament interview, Chou said he felt the previous matches had prepared him well for the final and helped him improve throughout the event. He also thanked his supporters in Taiwan, promising them he would continue to improve.
Chou's victory is the first by a Taiwan player in the toptier men's singles Badminton World Federation Super 1000 series. He won in the BWF Super 750 series in 2014 at the Yonex French Open, and also won titles last year in Germany, Singapore and South Korea.
Source: Taiwan Today