# India’s Sindhu wins her first Superseries title
# Olympic champion Chen Long beaten by Jorgensen
# Indonesia win two titles – men’s doubles and mixed doubles
By Rizal Abdullah
Badminton powerhouse China were left red faced in their home Superseries Premier tournament – the USD700,000 Thaihot China Open – losing in all four finals in Fuzhou on Sunday.
It was made worse when world No 2 and Rio Olympics champion Chen Long suffered a straight sets 20-22, 13-21 defeat to Denmark’s fourth seed Jan O Jorgensen in the men’s singles final. This made Jorgensen to become the first European to win the title in China.
China were also beaten in the women’s singles final with India’s P. V. Sindhu defeating home favourite Sun Yu to take her first Superseries title – a remarkable year for the 21-year-old after winning the silver medal in Rio.
In the women’s doubles final Korea’s sixth seeds Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee inflicted a painful 13-21, 21-14, 21-17 defeat on Huang Dongping-Li Yinhui in an entertaining 90 minutes.
There was more agony for the Chinese when Olympic champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir handed a 21-13, 22-24, 21-16 defeat to Zhang Nan-Li Yunhui in the mixed doubles final which lasted a good 74 minutes.
For world No 11 Sindhu it was another milestone for Indian badminton. In 2014 India won the men’s singles and women’s singles through K. Srikanth and Saina Nehwal respectively – which was a first for India.
“It is fantastic to achieve my dream to win a superseries title after winning the silver in the Rio Olympics,” said a delighted Sindhu.
Indonesia also won the men’s doubles title in Fuzhou. Seventh seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo continued their fine form in the tournament to land the title with a straight sets 21-18, 22-20 win over fourth seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen in a 49-minute final. The Indonesians had also beaten top seeds Chai Biao-Hong Wei in the semi-finals.
RESULTS (All Finals)
Jan O Jorgensen (De) beat Chen Long (Chn) 22-20, 21-13
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) beat Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) 21-18, 22-20
P.V. Sindhu (Ind) beat Sun Yu (Chn) 21-11, 17-21, 21-11
Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) beat Huang Dongping-Li Yinhui (Chn) 13-21, 21-14, 21-17
Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) beat Zhang Nan-Li Yunhui (Chn) 21-13, 22-24, 21-16