Lee Cheuk Yiu after winning the final (Photo credit: Badminton Photo)
Home favourite Lee Cheuk Yiu wins the Super 500 title
Date: 11/17/2019 10:38 PM
Published by : Maria Bubucea
Unseeded Lee Cheuk Yiu defeats the number eight seeded Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and keeps the Hong Kong Open title at home.

The men’s singles final at the YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open 2019 turned out to be a three game fight between the two players, and both of them clearly couldn’t let go of the title. It might have been a tough tournament for Ginting, who had played a few exciting matches through to the finals, eventually winning all of them in three games. Lee Cheuk Yiu, on the other hand, won all of his matches in straight games and had to his advantage the support of the home crowd. After 77 minutes of intensive battling, the home favourite defeated his opponent in three games: 16-21, 21-10, 22-20. Lee, is the first Hong Konger to win the Hong Kong Open since 2016, when Ng Ka Long was the winner.

Also read: Lee Cheuk Yiu continues impressive run on homesoil

China's lucky charm
China was represented in three of the five finals. In the women’s singles, Chen Yu Fei seems to be on a roll after winning the Fuzhou China Open last week. After crushing her compatriot He Bing Jiao in the quarterfinal, and defeating Zhang Beiwen (USA) in three games in the semifinal, she secured a spot in the final where she had to play against Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon. The two had just played against each other the previous week in China, where Chen Yiu Fei beat the Thai in straight comfortable games. This time, she won the match after playing for 65 minutes, in three games: 21-18, 13-21, 21-13;

The women’s doubles win is China’s second title in Hong Kong China. The number three seeded pair Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan beat their unseeded Korean adversaries Chang Ye Na/Kim Hye Rin. The two pairs played for 76 minutes, eventually, the Chinese were victorious: 21-11, 13-21, 21-15.  

In the mixed doubles however, the Chinese were less fortunate. Japan’s Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino overcame their rivals He Ji Ting/Du Yue in two games: 22-20, 21-26, after 54 minutes of play.

The men’s doubles final match displayed Indonesia’s world champions Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan against Korea’s Choi Solgyu/Seo Seung Jae. It turned out to be a three game event that lasted 50 minutes and ending successfully for the unseeded Koreans, as they won 13-21, 21-12, 21-13.

Click here to see all results from YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open 2019.

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