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Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen takes silver at Denmark Open

2018/10/22 13:17:14

Chou Tien-chen CNA file photo

Berlin, Oct. 21 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成) fell short of his fourth title of the year on Sunday, when he had to settle for a silver medal in the men's singles at the Denmark Open in Odense.

World No. 4 Chou battled for 77 minutes against Japanese Kento Momota in their ninth face-off, but eventually lost 20-22, 21-16, 15-21 to the World No. 1 men's singles player.

In a closely fought match, the two players were tied at 20-20 at one point in the first game but Momota managed to edge out Chou 20-22.

In the second game, Chou took an 11-4 lead and held off Momota 21-16, but the Japanese made a strong comeback in the third game, defeating Chou 21-15 to take the title.

Although Chou had to settle for a silver medal, he is expected to rise to No. 3 in the world rankings, after his defeat of Danish player Anders Antonsen, Japanese Kanta Tsuneyama, and South Koreans Lee Dong Keun and Son Wan-ho at the Denmark Open.

Chou has won three men's singles titles so far this year, at the German Open, Singapore Open and Korea Open.

He defeated Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong in the final at the German Open in March, beat compatriot Hsu Jen-hao (許仁豪) at the 2018 Singapore Open in July, and crushed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in two straight games at the Korea Open in September.

Chou will compete next in the YONEX French Open in Paris Oct. 23-28, which has a total prize of US$750,000.

The Denmark Open, held Oct. 16-21, carried a total purse of US$775,000.

(By Lin Yu-li and Evelyn Kao)