China secures men's singles title at BWF French Open
Reigning Olympic gold medalist Chen Long established men's singles final appointment with his fellow Chinese Shi Yuqi at the 2018 BWF French Open on Saturday.
Chen had lost his latest two encounters with world No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan in the Asia Championships final and BWF Thomas Cup final this year.
However, the different scenario was put up in their third duel of the year, as Chen led 11-7 at the changeover of the first game. Although Momota came back into contention at 15-16, Chen pulled away for a 21-18 victory through his constantly changing smashes.
Chen dominated in the second game before triumphing 21-8 for a final spot.
"He came here after winning the Denmark Open title. It was his ninth match in two weeks, so he was a bit tired today," Chen said. "I won today because of my patience."
Second seed Shi Yuqi displayed his patience in long rallies against Rasmus Gemke of Denmark before triumphing the first game 21-11. Shi never ceded his leading position, later on, to wrap up the second game 21-16.
"Persistence played a key role in my victory. There were many rallies despite my lead, which posed challenges for my concentration," admitted Shi after his victory.