TAIPEI: World No. 3 Du Pengyu of China finally won his first-ever career title after he stunned compatriot Chen Long in the men’s singles final of the Asian Badminton Championships yesterday.
Pengyu, the second seed, required only 40 minutes to beat All-England champion and top seed Chen Long 21-17, 21-19.
“I’m happy to win my first-ever title, but I still need to work hard and keep on improving,” said the 25-year-old Pengyu, who previously lost all his seven finals.
China were also victorious in the women’s singles through Wang Yihan, who downed Li Xuerui 21-15, 21-13 in an all-Chinese final.
China’s third crown came from Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang in the women’s doubles. They defeated compatriots Ma Jin Tang Jinhua 21-15, 14-21, 21-15.
South Korea picked up the other two titles — the men’s doubles and mixed doubles.
Ko Sung-hyun first teamed up with Lee Yong-dae to beat compatriots Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang 21-13, 22-20 in the men’s doubles. Then, Sung-hyun partnered Kim Ha-na to stun reigning Olympic nixed doubles champions Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei 22-20, 21-17.
Men’s singles: Du Pengyu (Chn) bt Chen Long (Chn) 21-17, 21-19.
Men’s doubles: Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae (Kor) bt Kim Kijung- Kim Sa-rang (Kor) 21-13, 22-20.
Women’s singles: Wang Yihan (Chn) bt Li Xuerui (Chn) 21- 15, 21-13.
Women’s doubles: Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Ma Jin-Tang Jinhua (Chn) 21-15, 14-21, 21-15.
Mixed doubles: Ko Sung-hyun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) bt Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) 22-20, 21-17.