# Malaysians win men’s doubles in Dubai Superseries Finals
# Taiwan’s Tzu Ying wins women’s singles title for the second time
# Men’s title goes to Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen
# China’s Chen Qingchen wins two titles – women’s doubles and mixed doubles
By Rizal Abdullah
Malaysia’s world No 1 men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong played near flawless badminton to win the season-ending Dubai Superseries Finals with a straight sets 21-14, 21-19 win over top seeds Takeshi Kamura-Ayaka Takashi in the final.
They not only walked away with a big pay cheque of USD84,000 for their biggest but also showed why they are now the world No 1 which V Shem described it as “amazing year for us” after winning the silver medal at the Rio Olympics apart from their first Superseries title when they nailed the Yonex Denmark Open.
The Malaysians went into the final as the second seeds but the Japanese found it hard to contain their aggressive approach by V Shem-Wee Kiong who never looked in danger of losing even their opponents looked threatening.
V Shem-Wee Kiong became the second Malaysian men’s doubles pair to win the Superseries Finals title after Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong won it in 2008 in Kota Kinabalu.
There was also joy for Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying, the 2014 champion. The Taiwanese lass, the top seed, was simply in superb form in her 21-14, 21-13 win over Korea’s Sung Ji-hyun in 38 minutes.
It was also sweet revenge for Tzu Ying who had lost to Ji-hyun in her Group A match 21-15, 21-17.
The men’s singles title went to Denmark’s former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen who staved off a strong challenge from China’s Tian Houwei to win 21-14, 6-21, 21-17 the final which lasted 68 minutes.
Women’s doubles world No 1 ranked Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi, the Rio Olympics gold medal winners, were upset by China’s Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan. The Chinese, winners of the world junior title last year, triumphed 21-15, 13-21, 21-17 in Dubai.
Defending champions Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock of England failed to retain their mixed doubles title. The husband and wife team fell to China’s Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen 21-14, 21-19.
In the process Chen Qingchen became only the second woman shuttler to win a double in the Superseries.
RESULTS (All Finals)
Viktor Axelsen (Den) beat Tian Houwei (Chn) 21-14, 6-21, 21-17
Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe) beat Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 21-14, 21-13
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) beat Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) 21-14, 21-19
Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) beat Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 21-15, 13-21, 21-17
Zhen Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) beat Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng) 21-12, 21-12