China takes home three golds at U.S. Open, Beiwein Zhang silver in women's singles

June 17, 2018, 4:49 p.m. (ET)


It was a tale of three very different games in the men's singles title match, but Korean Lee Dong Keun emerged victorious over Dutch player Mark Caljouw, 14-21, 21-17, 21-16.

The opening game was all Caljouw as the Dutch player jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back. Caljouw stretched his lead to as large as 10, 20-10, before Lee rallied for four consecutive points to pull within six, 20-14, but ultimately the rally was too little, too late as Caljouw won the first game, 21-14.

"I knew there was a third game, so I decided to play slowly and just do my best. I think that’s what made me win." -Lee Dong Keun

The second game was a mirror of the first, except it was Lee who took control early. Lee was up by as many as 10, 17-7, when Caljouw made his charge and even brought it to 19-17 before Lee closed out the game and forced a third game.

In the decisive final game, the action was as back-and-forth as it gets. Midway through the game, it was tied 15-15, which was the eighth different time the game was tied as Caljouw and Lee matched each other point for point. From that point forward, Lee scored the next three points and six of the last seven to take home the men's singles title. 


The former world No. 1 and 2012 London Olympics gold medalist, Li Xuerui of China, is officially back from a devastating knee injury in the 2016 Olympic semifinals that cost her more than 600 days of competition with a women's singles title at the 2018 YONEX U.S. Open. Li had to overcome a heartbreaking opening game loss to American Beiwen Zhang, but battled back to win 24-26, 21-15, 21-11.

Zhang, who was coming off two 60-plus minute, three game matches in the quarterfinals and semifinals, just seemed to run out of gas after a thrilling victory in the opening game. With game one tied at 14-14, Zhang scored six straight points to be at game point, 20-14, only to have Li rally for seven straight points and take the lead, 21-20. The two traded points until it was tied 24-24 and Zhang was able to string two points together and win the game.

The start of game two was an extension of the end of game one as both athletes battled to a 10-10 tie early. From there, it was all Li, who scored 11 of the next 16 points to win game two. The third game again started with both athletes battling to an 8-8 tie, but Li once again took control and cruised to the 21-11 victory for the game and match. 

"This was my third win of the year after I’ve returned, and I believe that after I won this tournament, I have the confidence to win for the rest of the year." -Li Xuerui


The Chinese tandem of Tang Jinhua and Yu Xiaohan had to overcome an opening game loss to defeat Kim Hye Jeong and Kim So Yeong of Korea, 18-21, 21-13, 21-15.

Tang and Yu actually led in the first game as late as 15-14, but Kim and Kim rallied for five straight points and edged out the Chinese duo for a 21-18 victory.

“I think we have been prepared and we also prepare that we might lose the first one. Strategy-wise, we changed a lot [from game one to game two], but we didn’t lose confidence, and that is a very important thing.” -Yu Xiaohan

Game two was never a doubt for the Chinese tandem, who never trailed in the second game after jumping out to a 5-0 lead and led by as many as eight, before winning 21-13. The third game started close, with the game tied at 3-3, but it was Tang and Yu who managed to string consecutive points together and pull away from Kim and Kim, to win the game, 21-15, and the match.


Together, Malaysians Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying won the 2016 Rio Olympic silver medal in mixed doubles, and now they can add YONEX U.S. Open champions to their accolades. The Malaysian duo defeated the German team of Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler, 21-19, 21-15.

In game one, the German's held an early lead, but Chan and Goh took the lead after it was tied at 5-5 and wouldn't relinquish it. The Malaysian duo seemed to stay just far enough ahead to control the game and take game one, 21-19.

Game two saw Chan and Goh jump out to an early eight point lead, 10-2. Seidel and Efler slowly chipped away at the deficit and eventually brought it to two, 15-13, only to watch Chan and Goh score five straight to earn match point, 20-13. The German duo managed to score a couple more points, but Chan and Goh closed out the game and match, 21-15.




The final title handed out on Sunday was the men's doubles championship to the Chinese tandem of Ou Xuanyi and Xiangyu Ren, who defeated Min Hyuk Kang and Kim Won Ho of Korea, 16-21, 21-16, 21-17. 

After dropping game one, the duo of Ou and Ren didn't trail at all in game two and scored eight of the final 12 points in game three to secure the title.



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