Taiwan duo wins mixed doubles title at badminton's Canada Open

10/03/2022 12:40 PM
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Taiwan's Ye Hong-wei (second left) and Lee Chia-hsin (left) on the podium after winning the mixed doubles event at the Yonex Canada Open Sunday. Photo taken from the Chailease badminton team's Facebook page.

Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA) Taiwan's Ye Hong-wei (葉宏蔚) and Lee Chia-hsin (李佳馨) clinched the mixed doubles title at the Yonex Canada Open 2022 with a 12-21, 21-12, 21-15 win over Japan's Hiroki Midorikawa and Natsu Saito in the final on Sunday.

The seventh-seeded Ye and Lee dispatched the top-seeded Japan pairing in the three-game final match that took 40 minutes at Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary in their first-ever meeting.

Despite losing the opening game 12-21, the Taiwanese pair fought back with a 21-12 win in the second game to force a rubber game.

In the decider, the game was tied at 11-11 before Ye and Lee took the lead by capturing three consecutive points.

Just as Midorikawa and Saito narrowed the gap to 17-15, Ye and Lee reeled off the next five consecutive points to pocket the match 21-15 and win the mixed doubles title.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Sung Shuo-yun (宋碩芸) was defeated by Canada's Michelle Li in straight games 21-16, 21-15 in the women's singles final on Sunday.

Sung was beat by the second-seeded in 40 minutes in their second meeting, with their first matchup being in the Macau Open in 2018.

Sung's runners-up finish was highlighted by her stunning 9-21, 21-15, 21-19 semifinal win over top seed Carolina Marin of Spain on Saturday.

The Yonex Canada Open 2022, held from Sept. 27 to Oct. 2, had a total purse of US$75,000 (NT$2.387 million).

(By William Yen)

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