Photo credit: Tang Shi
Chinese Taipei: 4 medals
Chinese Taipei who got one medal from the Asian Games in 2010 and two in 2014 had a quite successful event this year. With 4 medals in four different categories the small nation had no reason to complain.
The men’s team delivered a very nice but also expected result as they reached the semifinal via a 3-0 win against Nepal in the quarterfinal. In the semifinal they were up against the later Asian Games Champions from China in a tie where Chou Tien Chen got a nice victory when he defeated runner-up from the World Championships, Shi Yuqi. However, Chinese Taipei still lost the tie 1-3.
Chou Tien Chen didn’t only have success in the team event – he also reached the final in the individual competition. He eliminated local hero Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the semifinal and was up against another local hero in Jonatan Christie in the final. Both matches were long three gamers. In the final the Indonesian opponent proved stronger than Chou who therefore settled with silver.
After a disappointing exit in the quarterfinal of the World Championships in Nanjing, many may say that finally Tai Tzu Ying got a big title. The Taiwanese world no. 1 women’s single player didn’t lose a single game on her way to the Asian Games title in Jakarta and she managed to exchange her bronze medal from 2014 to a gold medal now. Tai defeated three of the very best on her way to the gold; Nozomi Okuhara from Japan, and Saina Nehwal and Pusarla V. Sindhu from India.
In men’s double number 15 on the world ranking, Lee Jhe-Huei and Lee Yang eliminated China’s strong pair Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan on their way to medals. In the semifinal however they had to acknowledge that they met their superiors in the host nation’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. The Indonesian no. 1 in the world won in three games and Lee and Lee therefore returned from Jakarta with bronze.
Gold: Tai Tzu Ying (WS)
Silver: Chou Tien Chen (MS)
Bronze: Men’s team, Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang (MD)
Medal points: 7