Taiwan's Chou wins men's singles title at Taipei badminton tourney

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Chou Tien-chen (周天成)

Chou Tien-chen (周天成)

Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) Home favorite Chou Tien-chen (周天成) clinched the men's singles title at the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2019 after a comfortable victory over his South Korean opponent in the final in Taiwan's capital on Sunday.

The world No. 2 easily swept aside world No. 47 Heo Kwang Hee 21-12, 21-13 in straight games in the final, in a match that lasted 37 minutes.

Top-seeded Chou played a superb net game and solid defense to take the first game 21-12.

"Taiwan! Lets Go! Chou Tien-chen! Lets go," the crowd cheered throughout the match, while thunderous applause filled Taipei Arena at the end of every rally the Taiwanese shuttler won.

With the raucous support of the home crowd, which included President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Chou continued to dominate, winning the second game 21-13.

"Taiwan will just get better and better and I hope my performance can get into your hearts," Chou said. "I will continue to do my best and hope to win a medal at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics."

Chou clinched his third men's singles title at the event Sunday after previously winning the title in 2016 and 2017.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, front, center) and Chou Tien-chen (周天成, front, right)

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, center) and Chinese Taipei Badminton Association President Will Chang (張國祚, second right)

(By William Yen)
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