2011 has started exactly the way that 2010 finished for Lee Chong Wei as he claimed his opening title of the year in a dominant performance of the 2nd seeded Taufik Hidayat. The one-sided final only confirmed the Malaysian’s gap over the rest of the field with a 21-8, 21-17 victory that could have been so much more one-sided than the scoreline suggests. After leading 16-8 in the second game Lee Chong Wei appeared to get overconfident and allowed Hidayat to claw his way almost back to even before he readjusted to close out the match.
Wang Shixian claimed the women’s single title over Wang Yihan in a two game encounter, with the 2nd seed never looking like losing the match and taking revenge for her defeat in this very competition to Wang Yihan last year. The top two ranked players in the world go into the Korean Open next week in a rich vein of form, with the world #2 Wang Shixian looking like the favourite next week.
Chai and Guo ended Conrad-Petersen and Ramussen’s unlikely run at the final hurdle as the 5th seeded Chinese pair defeated the Danes in a two-game, 41 minute match. It was the Chinese pairs first tournament together as a partnership and looks to be a solid one for the Chinese team for 2011. Also a notable performance for the Danish pair as this was their first Super Series final together.
Tian and Zhao were the surprise winners in the womens doubles, beating the on-form pairing of Wang and Yu in a three-game match lasting just 50 minutes. It is the first loss to Wang and Yu’s new partnership that started after the world championships that wasn’t the result of an injury.
Tian couldn’t make it two titles this week, losing in the mixed doubles final with partner Tao Jiaming to their Chinese team-mates and 7th seeded Ma and He. The match was the longest of the day at 64 minutes and was Ma and He’s first win over the 8th seeded Tian and Zhao in their third attempt.