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Taiwanese athlete Chou Tien won the championship after a promise to cancer patients

Taiwanese athlete Chou Tien won the championship after a promise to cancer patients

The meeting with a cancer patient motivated Chou Tien to defeat Ander Antonsen 2-1 in the Indonesia Open badminton tournament.

"She is about to enter the chemotherapy, and I promise to do my best to give her the championship", Chou revealed on July 21th, at a post-match press conference.

The meeting between the world number three player and the female cancer patient took place in Jakarta, shortly after he won Kantaphon Wangcharoen in the semifinals. And the promise with the patient he met that day helped Chou overcome the toughest challenge with him from the beginning of Indonesia Open 2019.

In 90 minutes of fierce competition in the final, Antonsen made a lot of difficulties for Chou Tien. But the Taiwanese player still proved bravery, when he won the 21-15 difference in the set decision with Danish opponents to the throne. In the previous two sets, Chou won the first set and lost the second set.

This 21-18, 24-26 and 21-15 victory helped Chou become the first Taiwanese player to win the Indonesia Open after 37 years of the tournament. Previously, this 21-year-old player was only crowned in Korea Open 2018, Singapore Open 2018, German Open 2018 and France Open 2014.

Antonsen missed the second chance of being crowned in Indonesia. In January 2019, the Danish player first arrived in Jakarta for the Indonesia Masters and was enthroned after defeating the Japanese world of Kento Momota.