Chou reaches home final

Tien Chen Chou has booked his place in the final of the Chinese Taipei Open after coming through Saturday's semi-final against Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin unscathed.

The fifth seed from Chinese Taipei claimed a 21-16, 21-10 win over his 13th-seeded opponent from Malaysia to advance to his second major final of the year, having previously been beaten by Lin Dan in the German Open final.

The local favourite dominated from the first point and by the time he had opened up a 16-5 lead, the writing was on the fall for Zainuddin in the first game.

Game two followed much the same pattern, with Chou quickly opening up a big lead before wrapping up the match in 39 minutes.

His opponent in Sunday's final is unseeded Chinese shuttler Bin Qiao, who beat Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-11, 21-16 in the other semi-final.

After trading blows over the first couple of points, Qiao quickly took control of the match after opening up a nine-point lead in quick fashion.

The second game was a much closer affair and even though Qiao once again found himself in the lead early on, Saensomboonsuk leveled at 15-all soon after.

The 26-year-old from Xiangtan then won five of the next six points to advance to the final.

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