New Hong Kong mixed doubles pair Tang Chun-man and Tse Ying-suet win Taiwan Masters

The duo beat Japan’s Koharu Yonemoto and Ryota Taohata 3-0 in the final with the tournament using an experimental three-game, 11-point scoring system

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 October, 2016, 7:34pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 October, 2016, 11:03pm

Hong Kong’s mixed doubles pair of Tang Chun-man and Tse Ying-suet have won their first trophy as a team and in only their fourth tournament together.

The Hong Kong duo claimed the Taiwan Masters title on Sunday by defeating Koharu Yonemoto and Ryota Taohata, of Japan, 3-0 (11-3, 11-7, 14-12) in the final.

The tournament was played under a World Badminton Federation experimental scoring system with each match played under a best-of-five-games format and with each game played up to 11 points.

The governing body is hoping the new points system will speed up the game and attract more fans. Badminton was among the popular sports at the Rio Olympic Games in August with the stadium at least three-quarters full on most days.

It took the Hong Kong pair only 21 minutes to clinch the title as they made the most of the scoring system. Of the five disciplines at the Taipei tournament, three of the finals were completed in less than 30 minutes while the two longest final did not exceed one hour.

Tang and Tse also reached the Thailand Open final last week but lost to their Malaysian opponents in two straight games under the traditional scoring system of best-of-three games with 21 points in each game.

Head coach Tim He was delighted with the outcome after bringing the two players together for the first time at the Chinese-Taipei Open in June.

“They have showed good potential in the Thailand Open despite a short period of playing together and will be given more opportunities to prove themselves in future,” said He.

Tse teamed up with Poon Lok-yan at the Rio Olympics where they failed to emerge from the pool stages but her partnership with Tang may be seen as the beginning of Hong Kong’s bid to challenge for mixed doubles honours at the Tokyo Games in 2020.