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Highlights, China Open SSP 2017: Chen Long ends 25-month Superseries title drought; Akane Yamaguchi wins

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Highlights, China Open SSP 2017: Chen Long ends 25-month Superseries title drought; Akane Yamaguchi wins

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Nov 19, 2017 - 15:30 (IST)

21-14! There is pin-drop silence in the crowd after yet another Axelsen winner leaves Chen Long baffled. The Dane has enforced a decider in style. 

Nov 19, 2017 - 17:01 (IST)

We have now come to the end of the China Open Superseries Premier. 

Chen Long reclaimed the crown after a brief hiatus while Akane Yamaguchi finally ended up on the right side of the results of a Superseries final. There were no surprises in the doubles division. 

Thank you for being with us for the coverage over the past three days. Join us next week for Firstpost's coverage of the Hong Kong Superseries from Friday. 

Nov 19, 2017 - 16:11 (IST)

Nov 19, 2017 - 15:58 (IST)

Chen Long's 25-month wait for a Superseries title comes to an end in front of his home crowd. Long wins his 4th title at China with a 21-16, 14-21, 21-13 victory over World No 1 Viktor Axelsen

Nov 19, 2017 - 15:53 (IST)

18-12! A wonderful net exchange comes to a close with Viktor Axelsen hitting a jump smash to win the point and serve

Nov 19, 2017 - 15:50 (IST)

16-9! One more net play and one more point for Chen Long. The Chinese shuttler has been dominating net proceedings in the decider leaving Axelsen baffled quite a bit

Nov 19, 2017 - 15:48 (IST)

14-8! Chen Long wins three successive points post the interval. Every Axelsen lift is met with a powerful smash and a drop shot from the Dane is met with a cross-court winner by Long. 

Nov 19, 2017 - 15:45 (IST)

11-8! Axelsen is focusing on Chen Long's weakness and is hitting towards the back but the former World No 1 holds on to the lead to go into the mid-game break of the decider with a three-point advantage 

Nov 19, 2017 - 15:42 (IST)

9-4! Viktor Axelsen wins back the serve with a cross-court winner but Chen Long's defensive strategy seems to working like clockwork as the Dane is tested near the net

Nov 19, 2017 - 15:41 (IST)

Report: Giant-killer and China's teenage sensation Gao Fangjie added one more name to the list of her conquests as she defeated Olympic Champion Carolina Marin in straight games to advance into the finals of the China Open Superseries Premier.

She beat Marin 21-19, 21-19 and will now face World No 5 Japanese shuttler Akane Yamaguchi who beat Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon to enter her third successive Superseries final this year.

There were not as many surprises in the men’s singles event of the China Open, in which reigning world champion and top seed, Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, made the final, where he will take on two-time former World Champion and No 6 seed, Chen Long of China.

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