Few expected the results on finals day in Hong Kong as the Chinese juggernaut was tamed for the first time in recent memory with two stand out performances. There is no doubting Lee Chong Wei’s credentials as the world number 1 at the moment in the men’s singles with his performance this year and he added the Hong Kong title to his list of achievements this year with a 21-19, 21-9 win over the 3rd seeded Taufik Hidayat in just 31 minutes.
Few expected Saina Nehwal to pose much of a threat to Wang Shixian, even though the Indian was seeded higher in Hong Kong. Their only meeting previously resulted in a 21-8, 21-14 win for the Chinese player and it looked to be going that way again with Wang Shixian taking the opener 21-15. However the Commonwealth champion faught back to take the 2nd and then continued her excellent form to stun the 3rd seed in a 71 minute encounter which could be the future of things to come in the women’s game in 2011 with the Chinese ranks in the women’s singles being so open, with no outright number 1 player.
Ko and Yoo pulled off their own shock in the men’s doubles final, as they defeated Kido and Setiawan in a three game, 52 minute match that the 6th seeded Koreans took 23-21 in the third to bolster Korea’s strength in this discipline. Wang and Yu were the class act in the women’s doubles and then impressive run continued in the final with a 21-11, 21-12 victory over the top seeded Chien and Cheng of Chinese Taipei.
The week ended on a downer for the Chinese squad as they lost their second final of the day, this time in the mixed doubles as Pedersen and Fischer Nielsen pulled off another impressive win after their victory over Xu and Yu in the semi finals, this time defeating the 5th seeded Zhang and Zhao in a toughly faught 67-minute matchup, with the Danes winning 22-20 in the third.