CHINESE TAIPEI OPEN 2009 – Double Delight for Home Crowd

Home shuttlers entered history by clinching first ever gold medal for Chinese Taipei in two new disciplines in their home event.  While the home team enjoyed double glory for the […]

taipei-chengHome shuttlers entered history by clinching first ever gold medal for Chinese Taipei in two new disciplines in their home event.  While the home team enjoyed double glory for the first time, India savoured a first doubles glory at the Gold level.

By Chee Ying Fan.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (archives)

Cheng Shao Chieh and Chen Hong-Ling / Lin Yu Lang provided the cheers for their home crowd when they were crowned as the champion of women’s singles and men’s doubles respectively at the . Taiwan’s Cheng Shao Chieh (photo) who was previously afflicted with injuries, proved that she is now back with a 17-21, 21-12, 21-15 win over Korea’s Bae Seung Hee. In the deciding game, Bae started well and went into the interval leading 11-9 but Cheng stepped up her pace and scored 6 consecutive points to take over the lead, 15-11. With the support of the crowd behind her, Cheng went on to win 21-15.

taipeiu-diju-gutta2Wong Choong Hann’s hope to win his first Grand Prix title in six years was dashed when he lost to Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh, 11-21, 14-21.  Nguyen’s speed and aggressive play was too much for Wong to handle as the Vietnamese star displayed multiple smashes effectively in the match to bag his second Grand Prix Gold title in a row after Thailand Open.

Meanwhile, Vita had to settle with 2 silvers when she lost both her mixed and women’s doubles matches. This time, Diju/Jwala (photo)  made up for their defeat by Vita/Hendra in  the Malaysia GP Gold in June this year as they won 23-21, 21-18.  Vita had another chance to win gold in the women’s doubles but China’s former Olympic champions, Yang Wei / Zhang Jiewen were too strong for Vita and her partner Mona Santoso as the Chinese won easily 21-14, 21-9.

taipei-chen-Lin2The finals ended with the men’s doubles match between Chinese Taipei’s Chen Hung Ling /Lin Yu Yang (photo) and Hong Kong’s Yohan Wiratama / Wong Wai Hong. Wiratama/Wong raced to a 6-0 lead in the first game and led all the way to 21-14. However, Chen/Lin played better in the second game to force a third, where the Hong Kong pair again started well but failed to take advantage of their 4-point lead, allowing Chen/Lin to catch up.  The score was levelled at 18-all and Chen/Lin took the lead for the first time in the rubber game at 19-18. Wiratama/Wong fought hard to level it at 19-all and tried to force deuce when Chen/Wong scored on their first match point, winning 21-19 to the relief of the local crowd.  However, Wiratama/Wong can stand tall with their silver medal achievement as both have focussed more on their mixed doubles achievements than on men’s doubles.  With the conclusion of Taipei Open, most players perhaps will have some rest and be back to training to prepare for the upcoming China Masters and Japan Open as the Super Series gets back in swing in mid-September.

Full results from the 2009 Yonex Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold are now available on draw sheets on Tournament Software.  Please CLICK HERE

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