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Badminton: Four first-time Superseries winners crowned in Singapore

Fast-rising Chinese star Sun Yu, 21, saved three match points before winning the Singapore Open. Photo: AFP.

Fast-rising Chinese star Sun Yu, 21, saved three match points before winning the OUE Singapore Open. Photo: AFP.

April 12, 2015: Sun Yu of China announced herself as one of the game’s future stars of the game with a miraculous finish to win her first BWF World Superseries title at the OUE Singapore Open on Sunday, when four first-time Superseries winners were crowned.

 

Competing in her first Superseries final, the 21-year-old was 20-17 down in the decider against Taiwanese star Tai Tzu-ying, the World No. 6 and last December’s Superseries Masters Finals winner. However, Sun rose to the occasion, the 6-foot tall Chinese not only saving three match points but eventually winning five points in a row to wrap up a gripping 72-minute encounter 21-13, 19-21, 22-20.

 

Sun had shocked compatriot Wang Shixian, the World No. 4 in the semis, while Tai had beaten former No. 1 Wang Yihan, with China producing three of the last four.

 

Kento Momota, 20, won his first Superseries title after the Japanese left-hander beat Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-17, 16-21, 21-15 in 79 minutes.

 

Hu, 33, was in red-hot form after beating World No. 1 Chen Long of China in the second round and World No. 4 Kashyap Parupalli of India in the semis on his way to reaching his third Superseries final.

 

Momota, however, was unfazed, and maintained a lead through the first game, before Hu took the match to a decider for his fourth straight three-game match. At 15-15, it looked like it could go either way, but Momota won the next six rallies to secure Japan’s first Superseries men’s singles title.

 

Young Chinese pair Ou Dongni and Yu Xiaohan had started a day of upsets by beating top seeds Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan 21-17, 21-16 in the women’s doubles. The India Open champions had beaten two Chinese pairs on their way to the final, but couldn’t defeat a third.

 

The day’s last final, the men’s doubles, also had an unexpected ending, as Indonesia’s Angga Pratama and Ricky Karanda Suwardi upset experienced Chinese duo Zhang Nan and Fu Haifeng 21-15, 11-21, 21-14.

 

Zhang and Zhao Yunlei had already secured the mixed doubles title – and their third Superseries title of the year – after their compatriots Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong handed them a walkover.

 

Source: Dev Kumar / BWF World Superseries (bwfworldsuperseries.com); Editing by SportAsia

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