Lee, Adcock & White Crowned YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Titles
- 25 November 2013
World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei (VTZF, SHB01LTD) took his sixth title of the year, and the English mixed doubles pair Chris Adcock (VTZF,SHB01LTD)/Gabrielle White (VT80, SHB-01LX) won their first Superseries title at the YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open. Chris and Gabrielle became the second English players to win the Superseries title, and it was also the first time England had won a Hong Kong Open title since 1987.
Chong Wei won all his matches in straight sets throughout the tournament. Facing three-time Asian Champion Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Chong Wei dominated the game with devastating 24 smash winners, while Sony made just seven. He captured the title with a score of 21-13 21-9.
The husband-and-wife team of Chris and Gabrielle had a great week in Hong Kong. After defeating Chan Peng Soon (ARC10) and Goh Liu Ying (NR-ZSP) in the quarterfinal, they faced world No. 1 Chinese duo Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei. It was their fourth match-up of the year, and only Nan/Yunlei had come out victorious thus far. This time was different. Chris and Gabrielle opened by putting huge pressure on their opponents, with a quick attack right from the beginning. The Chinese pair allowed a lot of clear winners, while Chris and Gabrielle played steadily, giving their opponents lots of trouble with tactical deep serves and the like. In the end, the English pair defeated the top seeded Chinese duo with 21-12 21-16. Chris and Gabrielle played with everything they had, smashing at every opportunity in the final against Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin of China. Chris’s powerful smashes gave Gabrielle a lot of chances to finish for points. Collecting 20 smash winners, the English duo finally won their big title by 21-14 24-22, securing a spot in the BWF Superseries Finals qualifiers in Kuala Lumpur.
“SPEECHLESS….can’t explain how happy I am right now! Our first SS win!! An unbelievable week!!!!!” Chris commented on his Twitter account, @ChrisAdcock1. “Wow! Can’t describe the feeling right now! One of my dreams finally accomplished! It couldn’t have been done without all the support from the staff and everybody who has helped me along the way! Hopefully the first of many!” his wife Gabrielle also commented on her Twitter account, @gabbywhite.
The BWF Superseries Finals will be held from December 11th to 15th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and YONEX will support this big event with shuttlecocks and other equipment. Stay tuned!
Tournament Results - Finals