Kento wins Singapore Open

The result means that Kento becomes the first Japanese men's winner in the Badminton World Federation (BMF) Superseries since its inauguration in 2006.

World number 10, Kento beat Hu 21-17, 16-21, 21-15 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium to get the winner's cheque of US$22,500 (S$30,785).

In a chat with media afterwards Kento said things were tense but his determination got him the win in the end.

"There was pressure piling up before today's match, but although I was concerned about it, I was determined to show I was able to win the match," said the 20-year-old.

"Hu Yun plays a very offensive game, so the key was to stay patient throughout the three sets," he added.

The women's final was a close affair with China's Sun Yu saving three match points to beat Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan for her first Superseries win.

The 21-year-old ended up winning 21-13, 19-21, 22-20.

"I'm overjoyed. I came to Singapore last year and it was the first time I got into the semi-finals but lost eventually, “she said afterwards.

"Now it's my second time and I won the championship, so Singapore must be a lucky place for me," she added.

In the mixed doubles, Chinese top seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei were handed a walkover against compatriots Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong.

The reason for the walkover according to a statement was due to Lu aggravating a knee injury.