PETALING JAYA: World No. 9 Tian Houwei ended his title drought by clinching the China Masters crown.
The 25-year-old Chinese shuttler, however, had to dig deep before edging compatriot Qiao Bin 21-15, 15-21, 21-16 in the men’s singles final in Changzhou yesterday.
It was Houwei’s third career title, but his first since winning the London Grand Prix Gold in 2013.
China also won two other titles through Bao Yixin-Yu Xiaohan in the women’s doubles and Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping in the mixed doubles.
World No. 13 Chen Hung-ling-Wang Chi-lin were the men’s doubles champions while Japan’s Aya Ohori clinched the women’s singles crown.
The shuttlers will now proceed to the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) in Wuhan today.
Malaysian world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will be defending his men’s singles crown.
The other Malaysians in the fray are Chong Wei Feng and Zulfadli Zulkiffli.
Men’s singles: Tian Houwei (Chn) bt Qiao Bin (Chn) 21-15, 15-21, 21-16.
Men’s doubles: Chen Hung-ling-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) bt Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko (Jpn) 21-14, 21-6.
Women’s singles: Aya Ohori (Jpn) bt Saena Kawakami (Jpn) 21-9, 9-21, 21-18. Women’s doubles: Bao Yixin-Yu Xiaohan (Chn) bt Huang Yaqiong-Tang Jinhua (Chn) 8-21, 21-14, 21-17.
Mixed doubles: Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) bt Liao Min-chun-Chen Hsiao-huan (Tpe) 21-14, 21-10.
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