TOP seed Michael Chang turned in a royal performance in what was far from a battle royal to capture his second successive Salem Hong Kong Open title at Victoria Park yesterday. Playing in front of visiting Princess Diana under a baking sun, Chang sped to a 6-3, 6-1 final victory over Sweden's fifth-seeded Jonas Bjorkman. Around 3,600 spectators who paid around $500 each fried in the Centre Court cauldron for 63 minutes as Bjorkman found the 32-degree Celsius heat too hot to handle against the free-running Chang. For Chang, it was another relatively easy final, having last year defeated an ailing Patrick Rafter in two quick sets. Bjorkman broke Chang in the first game of the match, but was, from then on, pinned to the baseline, partly by Chang and partly by his inability to convert enough first serves. Chang thought he was in for a long match when he lost the first game, but immediately broke back and took control. 'After the first two games, I was starting to settle down,' said Chang, whose world ranking of eight is expected to rise after the 20th title of his career. 'It was a good match for me to be able to go out and play good tennis and not make too many mistakes. 'I read in today's [yesterday's] newspaper that Jonas was going to try and get to the net and force the issue. He did that in the beginning.' Chang won US$43,000 as first prize and it took his career earnings above the US$6.5 million mark. For Bjorkman, ranked 27th in the world, it was his first final appearance of the year and he is still without that elusive maiden singles title. But he was satisfied with his performance this week, which included a quarter-final victory over his fourth-seeded compatriot Thomas Enqvist. 'I've been playing in Asia for the past 12 days and I did feel the heat. 'It's tough to be a European playing in Asia,' Bjorkman, who took home the runners-up prize of US$25,300. Bjorkman's serve certainly deserted him, with only 45 per cent going in, and even then, at a significantly slower pace than he is capable of. During his victory over Enqvist, he served 15 aces - a career record. But even Chang, who is not known for his pounding first serves, managed more aces than the Swede yesterday. Chang served four aces to Bjorkman's one, and, although feeling the heat himself, had no predetermined wish to end the match quickly. 'If you do that, you are prone to making mistakes,' said the 23-year-old Chang. 'I knew before that it would be hot and knew that it would be tough. You expect a final to last a few hours and that's how I approached it. 'If you are going to play in the sun for three hours, your opponent will also be out there for three hours.' The Chinese-American dedicated his victory to the people of Hong Kong, who he said give him the inspiration to return to the territory every year, and be successful. Out of five visits to the tournament, Chang has won twice and reached the final in 1992. He has never been beaten before the quarter-finals. 'I have a lot of good memories here and get a lot of support, whether I'm winning or losing, and that makes it very easy to play,' said Chang. Rising Australian Mark Philippoussis won the first major title of his career when he partnered American Tommy Ho to an exciting victory in the doubles final yesterday. The duo defeated the powerful doubles team of Australian John Fitzgerald and Sweden's Anders Jarryd 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-3). The 18-year-old Philippoussis was beaten by his partner and fellow wild-card entry Ho in the first round of the singles competition.