Photo credit: Tang Shi
The men’s double final had it all. Laughs, entertainment, big leads, comebacks, lots of jumps on court and lots of cheering outside the court. And it started with quite a laugh as the first serve of the match was ruled out.
It was two local pairs who battle for the men’s double title at Chinese Taipei Open today. Top seeds Chen Hung Ling and Wang Chi-Lin were up against Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng, seeded 3. Wang started the match with a short serve that was ruled too short. He immediately took a challenge and that made everybody laugh, including the players themselves. Who would “waste” a challenge at 0-0?
But Wang didn’t waste any challenge as he was right in his assumption. The serve was in with about 7-8 cm and the favorites were up 1-0. They slowly but steadily built on to this lead and towards the end of the game they were leading 18-10. Then Liao and Su made an amazing comeback and suddenly things were even again at 20-20.
Jumping around cost power
Here one could start wondering if Liao and Su would surprise their compatriots and steal the first game right in front of them; they had won four game with two points margin earlier in the tournament so they seemed really strong in the finish of the games. But it didn’t help them today though. Chen and Wang won first game 22-20.
In second game Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng, who have a very characteristic style of play with lots of jumping around, had no more power. The favorites quickly got up to an 8-1 lead and they didn’t let their compatriots make a new comeback. Chen Hung Ling and Wang Chi-Lin won the Chinese Taipei Open title with 21-9 in second game and were hereby the first top seeds to win the tournament this year.
Result of the men’s double final:
Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-Lin, Chinese Taipei (1) vs. Liao Min Chun/Su Ching Heng, Chinese Taipei 22-20 21-9