Jonatan tames Chico to rule home tourney

PETALING JAYA: Jonatan Christie won his first world tour title in 11 months after ruling his home tournament, the Indonesia Masters, in Jakarta yesterday.

World No. 3 Jonatan was in total command as he outplayed compatriot Chico Aura 21-15, 21-13 in 44 minutes.

The Swiss Open last March was Jonatan’s previous success as the Indonesian has been struggling with form and injuries last year.

The victory yesterday is likely to push Jonatan up to world No. 2, replacing compatriot Anthony Ginting next week.

Meanwhile, South Korean world No. 2 An Se-young secured back-to-back titles in Jakarta yesterday after beating former Olympic and world champion Carolina Marin of Spain 18-21, 21-18, 21-13 in 80 minutes.

Se-young defeated world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 15-21, 21-16, 21-16 in the India Open final last week.

Men’s singles: Jonatan Christie (Ina) bt Chico Aura (Ina) 21-15, 21-13. Men’s doubles: Daniel Marthin-Leo Rolly (Ina) bt Hai Zhaodong-He Jiting (Chn) 21-17, 21-16. Women’s singles: An Se-young (Kor) bt Carolina Marin (Spa) 18-21, 21-18, 21-13. Women’s doubles: Liu Shengshu-Zhang Shuxian (Chn) bt Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) 22-20, 21-19. Mixed doubles: Feng Yanzhe-Huang Dongping (Chn) bt Jiang Zhenbang-Wei Yaxin (Chn) 21-15, 16-21, 21-19.

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