Chou the German Open champion

Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei beat Wang Tzu-Wei of China 21-16, 21-14 on Sunday in the final of the German Open.

Chou was the runner up at last year’s German Open, losing out to Lin Dan in a thriller.

When he squared up with Wang on Sunday there was clearly a deep desire to make up for the heartbreak he experienced 12 months ago.

Chasing down Wang’s best attempts at winners and hitting returnable strokes with total concentration, Chou grinded his way to a one-game advantage.

With all the momentum on his side and sensing that the title was a mere stone throw away, Chou took the encounter by the scruff of the neck in the second game.

He played with freedom and fluency and was unstoppable. He took the second game 21-14 and with it claimed the title.

In the women’s final Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi beat Spain’s Carolina Marin via walk-over.