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Fuzhou China Open: Chen Yufei ends title drought for China, Kento Momota's dominance continues

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Chen Yufei of China
Chen Yufei of China

China's most promising women's singles player and World No. 4 Chen Yufei won the 2018 Fuzhou China Open on Sunday, while Kento Momota of Japan clinched the men's singles title after a hard-fought victory over Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei.

The Fuzhou China Open is a part of the HSBC world tour events, and is designated as a super 750 level tournament.

Yufei, the World Championship bronze medalist from last year, delighted the home crowd with her sparkling performance. In the process, she won the first title for China at Superseries or higher level after more than two years; compatriot He Bingjiao had won the 2016 French Open Supereries.

Yufei beat former world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in two straight games with the score of 21-10, 21-16 in 43 minutes. It was a stunning display of skills, power and court coverage by the No. 4 seed from China against the former All England champion Okuhara.

Earlier, Yufei had beaten reigning world and Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the semifinal.

Kento Momota of Japan
Kento Momota of Japan

Meanwhile, No. 1 seed Kento Momota took his 7th title of the year after beating Chou Tien Chen by the score of 21-13, 11-21, 21-16 in an hour and seven minutes. The reigning world champion is on a remarkable streak after his comeback from his ban, and he is showing why he is one of the best players of the current generation in men's singles.

Earlier, he had beaten China's two great champions Lin Dan in the first round and Chen Long in the semifinal of the tournament.

World champions and World No. 1 Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong completed their career Super 750 Grand Slam after winning the title against No. 2 seeds Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping in an all-Chinese final.

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Siwei and Yaqiong also won the titles in Malaysia, Japan, Denmark and France earlier; this was their ninth title of the year, and their haul includes the World Championship and Asian Games gold medal.

Zheng Siwei (left) and his partner Huang Yaqiong
Zheng Siwei (left) and his partner Huang Yaqiong

Lee So-Hee and Shin Seung-Chan of South Korea took the title in women's doubles after beating the world champions Mayu Matsumoto and Wakan Nagahara of Japan. No. 1 seed and Asian Games gold medalists Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, meanwhile, clinched the title in men's doubles after beating the underdog Chinese pair of He Jiting and Tan Qiang.

All the players will now turn their attention to the 2018 HSBC Super 500 event - the Hong Kong Open - starting from Tuesday. This will be the last major tournament of the Superseries level to qualify for the HSBC World Tour Finals to be held in Guangzhou, China.

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