Chou Tien-chen wins men’s singles title at Indonesia Open

Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan competes against Anders Antonsen of Denmark during their men's singles final match at the Indonesia Open badminton championship at Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, July 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

TAIPEI (CNA) — World No. 3 badminton player Chou Tien-chen (周天成) clinched the men’s singles title at the Indonesia Open in Jakarta on July 21, becoming the first Taiwanese to do so.

In a match that lasted only 91 minutes, Chou demolished Anders Antonsen of Denmark 21-18, 24-26, 21-15 to win the title.

It was Chou’s first win of the season, his first title in a super 1000 level event, and the first men’s singles championship victory by a Taiwanese in the Indonesia Open.

Prior to Sunday’s match, Chou and world No. 11 Antonsen had faced off four times, with Chou winning each time.

The Indonesia Open, held July 18-21, carried a total purse of US$1.25 million. The tournament is one of three super 1000 level events of the season, with the other two being the All England Open and the China Open.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Pai Yu-po (白馭珀) won the women’s singles title at the 2019 Russian Open on Sunday at Sport Hall Olympic in Russia, beating top seed Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 9-21, 21-19, 21-19, to claim her first victory of the season.

By Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao