Chinese players swept four of the five titles in the World Badminton Invitation Championships which ended in Hong Kong on Sunday (26 February).
Chinese players swept four of the five titles in the World Badminton Invitation Championships which ended in Hong Kong on Sunday (26 February). The only match they failed to win was the mixed doubles in which they lost to hosts Hong Kong.
SYNOPSIS: In the women's singles final, top seed Liang Chiu-hsia, of China, serving, took on her compatriot Hsu Jung. The match saw some long exciting rallies.
A large crowd at Hong Kong's MacPherson stadium saw Hsu Jung, who is China's current champion, win the first set 10-12. In the second set she put up a tremendous fight, winning points like this one.
But it was Liang, a former national champion who surged ahead. She went on to win the second and third sets 11-8, 11-2 to take the title. Players from 17 Asian and African countries took part in the tournament, which lasted five days.
The man's final also proved to be an all-Chinese affair as Chen Tien-lung serving, faced Yu Yao-tung. China's complete dominance at the championship was partly due to the absence of Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia whose players feared a ban by the International Badminton Federation. The controversial tournament was originally billed as the inaugural tournament for the breakaway World Badminton Federation. But the organisers were too late to announce the change in its status which would have allowed their participation.
Chen, serving, was beaten in the mixed doubles. But in this final he scored a sensational victory over Yu in straight sets.
The final score: 18-13, 15-8.