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Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen takes silver at Fuzhou China Open

2018/11/11 19:02:44

Chou Tien-chen (周天成) / CNA file photo

Taipei, Nov. 11 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成) again fell short of his fourth title of the year when he lost to Kento Momota of Japan on Sunday and had to settle for a silver medal in the men's singles at the Fuzhou China Open.

World No. 3 Chou battled for 66 minutes against Momota in their sixth face-off of the season, but eventually lost 13-21, 21-11, 16-21 to the World No. 1 men's singles player.

In a closely fought match, the two players were tied at 6-6 at one point in the final game but Momota managed to prevail with a score of 20-15 to pick up his seventh title of the year.

The Fuzhou China Open, which has a purse of US$700,000, is a BWF World Tour Grade 2 Level 3 tournament.

Prior to Sunday's match, Chou had lost eight of his 10 matches against Momota, including one at the Denmark Open in Odense last month in which the Japanese beat him 22-20, 16-21, 21-15.

Chou's dream of snagging his fourth title of the year was smashed at the Denmark Open on Oct. 22 and at the YONEX French Open on Oct. 24.

He has won three men's singles titles so far this year, at the German Open, Singapore Open and Korea Open, as well as four silver medals.

(By Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao)
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