A week’s worth of action at the OUE Singapore Open culminated in the women’s singles final, where reigning world number one Tai Tzu Ying faced off against Olympic champion Carolina Marin.
Tai, the first Taiwanese shuttler to top the world rankings, despatched her Spanish opponent 21-15, 21-15 to continue her dominance on the badminton world circuit.
Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan celebrates her final victory during the OUE Singapore Open at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Photo: Sport Singapore
For the young 22-year-old, the Singapore Open title would be her fifth straight crown, including last week’s Malaysian Open in Kuching.
Speaking to members of the press after her game, the soft-spoken Tai humbly said: “I don’t have any special feelings in particular about winning five titles in a row.”
Tai also credited the rousing support from Singaporean spectators, adding that she liked the feeling of competing on court with the support she gets.
Carolina Marin of Spain in action. Photo: Sport Singapore
The men’s singles final appeared to be more of a friendly affair, with both Sai Praneeth and Srikanth Kidambi of India going head to head. While it appeared that Kidambi had the upper hand, Praneeth promptly bit back and clinched his first career Super Series title with a 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 win.
The women’s doubles final saw world number two duo Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen upset Olympic champions and reigning world number one pair Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi 21-18, 14-21, 21-15.
In a similar fashion, the men’s doubles featured an upset of world number two Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of China, as Danish pair Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen secured an easy 21-13, 21-14 victory.
Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong of China in action during the OUE Singapore Open. Photo: Sport Singapore
In the mixed doubles category, Chinese Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong beat the Thai team of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai 19-21, 21-16, 21-11 for the title.