Lee, Adcock & White Crown YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Titles
- 25 November 2013
The world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei (VTZF, SHB01LTD) took his sixth title of this year and the English mixed doubles pair Chris Adcock (VTZF, SHB01LTD)/Gabrielle White (VT80, SHB-01LX) won their first Superseries title at 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 for England to win Hong Kong Open title since 1987.
Chong Wei won all the 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 7. He captured the title with a score of 21-13 21-9.
Chris and Gabrielle, who are husband and wife, had a great week in Hong Kong. After defeating Chan Peng Soon (ARC10) and Goh Liu Ying (NR-ZSP) in the quarterfinal, they faced the world No. 1 Chinese duo Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei. It was the fourth match-up in this year, and Nan/Yunlei won all the matches. This time, however, Chris/Gabrielle put a huge pressure with the quick attack from the beginning. The Chinese pair allowed a lot of clear winners while Chris/Gabrielle played steadily and they also troubled the opponents with tactical deep serves and so on. The English pair finally defeated the top seeded Chinese duo with 21-12 21-16. Chris/Gabrielle played so aggressively to smash every opportunity in the final against Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin of China. Chris’s powerful smash gave Gabrielle a lot of chances to finish the point. Earning 20 smash winners, the English duo finally won their big title by 21-14 24-22 and they secured the qualification of BWF Superseries Finals in Kuala Lumpur.
Chris commented on his Twitter @ChrisAdcock1, “SPEECHLESS….can’t explain how happy I am right now! Our first SS win!! An unbelievable week!!!!!” And his wife Gabrielle also mentioned on her Twitter @gabbywhite, “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!”
The BWF Superseries Finals will be held from December 11th to 15th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and YONEX will support this big event with the equipments such as shuttlecocks. Stay tuned!
Tournament Results - Finals