Hong Kong Open Superseries: Son, Tai Win Titles, Into Year-End Finals


2014 Hong Kong Open Superseries | November 18-23 | Kowloon, Hong Kong

Final day notes & results
Korea’s Son Wan Ho and Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying earned first Superseries titles of the season. 2012 Olympic women’s and mixed doubles champion Zhao Yunlei made it double again. Here’s the final results:
  MS Son Wan Ho [6] KOR 21-19, 21-16 CHN Chen Long [1]  
  WS Tai Tzu Ying [6] TPE 21-19, 21-11 JPN Nozomi Okuhara  
  MD Mohammad Ashan [2] INA
Hendra Setiawan INA
21-16, 17-21, 21-15 CHN Liu Xiaolong [6]
CHN Qiu Zihan
Tian Qing [2]  CHN
Zhao Yunlei CHN
21-13, 21-13 JPN Misaki Matsutomo [1]
JPN Ayaka Takahashi
Zhang Nan [2]  CHN
Zhao Yunlei CHN
21-14, 21-19 CHN Xu Chen [2]
CHN Ma Jing

"Victory Number": 6
Son Wan Ho and Tai Tzu Ying of Team VICTOR, both the No.6 seed in men’s and women’s singles of the 2014 Hong Kong Open respectively, won the finals in straights. This is Son’s second career Superseries title and Tai’s third.
Tai Tzu Ying, Hong Kong Open
With a mixture of craft and power in her game, Tai Tzu Ying  wins a third career Superseries title in Hong Kong. © Badmintonphoto

Player of the week
Son Wan Ho and his final opponent Chen Long have made quite a rivalry in 2014, meeting for the fifth time this week in Kowloon. Son, with his tactically thought-out game that exposes the flaw of his opposite through long rallies, broke down the World Champion twice when it mattered, brining a Team gold for Korea at the Asian Games and now a Superseries win in two years.
Son Wan Ho, Chen Long
Son Wan Ho has beaten World Champion Chen Long twice this year.

Battle of the week
Nozomi Okuhara, who had fought to come back from career-threatening knee injury twice, made a surprise finalist and first appearance in a Superseries finale following her 21-13, 21-9 demolition of reigning World Champion Carolina Marin in the semifinals.

VICTOR STAR of the week: Tai Tzu Ying
Tai was at the eighth place on the BWF Superseries Standings and needed a good run in this last Superseries tournament on the calendar to grab a spot in the year-end 8-player championship, and now, with the 42-minute final victory over Japanese Nozomi Okuhara, she will be making her second Finals appearance in a row. She finished as the runner-up last year.
Tai Tzu Ying, Hong Kong Open
Tai Tzu Ying  will be making her second Superseries Finals appearance in Dubai next month.

( Edit by VICTOR Badminton )