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Taiwanese badminton ace wins Thailand Open in dramatic comeback

2019/08/04 19:33:17

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Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) In a dramatic comeback, Taiwan's top male badminton player Chou Tien-chen (周天成) defeated his Hong Kong opponent Sunday to clinch the championship title of the 2019 Thailand Open in Bangkok.

The 29-year old Chou was only one point away from losing a 67-minute battle against Ng Ka Long, trailing 20-16 in game 3.

However, he launched a dramatic comeback, winning five straight points before clinching his hard-earned victory with a score of 23-21.

Chou had a smooth start in game 1 Sunday after enjoying a comfortable 11-2 lead in the early stage. He won that game 21-14.

Recovering from a sluggish opening, Ng retaliated in game 2 with a 21-11 win after Chou apparently lost his focus, making a number of unforced errors.

The win marked Chou's second championship title of the past month after he bagged his first trophy at the Indonesia Open in July.

"I just want to show my attitude to the fans here," the world No. 3 told spectators at the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok.

The latest victory also marks his fourth consecutive win over Ng, who currently ranks No. 12 in the world.

The 2019 Thailand Open, the 16th tournament of the 2019 Badminton World Federation World Tour, carried a total purse of US$350,000.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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