During the recent Indonesia Open competition, Taiwanese player Chou Tien-chen won against Anders Antonsen in a men’s singles badminton game, granting him his first title in a Super 1000 level event. Chou defeated Antonsen 21:18, 24:26 and 21:15 in 91 minutes.
Since the World Badminton Federation (BWF) launched a new competition system last year, the year-end and Super 1000 series have since been considered the highest levels for which players can qualify.
Previously, Chou Tien-chen used to be fourth in the highest level. Chou has now risen in ranks.
As a competitor in Indonesia, Chou demonstrated impressive physical strength and patience. At Indonesia Open, he played three sets for more than 76 minutes in three days. He successively surpassed retired Chinese player Lin Dan, Indonesian player Jonatan Christie and Thailand player Kantaphon Wangcharoen.
In his first game, Chou made a strong start of 6:1. Antonsen made several mistakes, giving Chou a 9 point lead. However, during the second half of the game, Antonsen turned the tide and won four points. However, Chou quickly recovered and won the match at 21:18.
During their deciding game, Chou and Antonsen played for more than an hour. Both sides were desperate to win. Chou calmly used tactics and strong defence, prompting him to score three points. Antonsen, on the other hand, powerfully strikes the ball.
After numerous point exchanges, Chou won at 21:15. Both players fell to the ground at the end of the match, and Chou cried tears of excitement and joy.