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Badminton finals: Son Wan Ho and Venkata Sindhu win singles

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image Son Wan Ho of South Korea won 2-0 to claim the title

The Kumpoo Macau Open Badminton Grand Prix Gold wrapped up yesterday at the Macau Forum. Unlike the previous year, where Chinese players dominated the singles, both single and doubles titles this year were shared by numerous countries.
In the women’s singles, the 18-year-old Indian top seed Pusarla Venkata Sindhu has beaten her opponent Michelle Li from Canada (21-15, 21-12). Korea’s Son Wan Ho and Taiwan’s Hsueh Hsuan Yi fought for the men’s singles title, with the former winning 21-11 and 21-15.
Last year’s men’s double champions Lee Sheng Mu and Tasi Chia Hsin from Taiwan got the better of Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov from Russia, winning the championship for the second year running. This year, the Taiwanese pair faced Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong from Malaysia, but they were defeated in two matches (21-16, 21-19). This is also the Malaysians’ first win as a pair.
The women’s doubles was a war of China vs China, with Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua battling their compatriots Yu Xiaohan and Huang Yaqiong. However, the latter lost the game (21-17, 21-15).
China’s Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong competed against Choi Sol Kyu and Chae Yoo Jung from Korea for three matches before knowing which team had won the mixed doubles. The Chinese first lost 17-21 but then fought back and won two straight sets (21-18, 21-17) before crowned the champion.
This year’s Macau Open attracted 272 players from 19 countries and regions, competing for a total prize of MOP1 million.

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