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Taipei Triumph for Santoso

Top-seeded Indonesian Simon Santoso turned back a determined Malaysian Roslin Hashim to win the men's singles title at the Taiwan Open over the weekend.

Santoso secured a 21-18, 13-21, 21-10 victory in the final to deny Roslin a fourth Grand Prix victory.

Malaysia had gone into the final day with high hopes, having seen Roslin and Lydia Cheah vying for the top prize. However, both players were defeated in the final.

For Santoso, it was a maiden international title. In June, he reached the final of the Singapore Open and Indonesian Open - both Super Series events.

Although the Taipei tournament is a Grand Prix gold event, it remains a breakthrough victory for the Indonesian.

Santoso had a confident run to the final. After receiving a first-round bye, he disposed of South Korean Baek Choel-shin in the second round in two games.

He then easily overcame Taiwan's Hsieh Yu-hsin before defeating Malaysia's Lee Tsuen Seung for a place in the semi-final.

In the semi-finals, he scored a two-game victory over Eric Pang, the eighth seed from the Netherlands.

Roslin also had a first-round bye before beating Hong Kong's Hu Yun in two games. That set him up with a clash against Japan's Kozai Kazuteru, whom he beat 21-15, 21-15.

He then faced a tough quarter-final against China's Chen Hong, the former world number one. Roslin dropped the second game before winning 21-16, 16-21, 21-12.

Roslin then ended the run of sixth-seeded Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Minh before meeting Santoso in the final.

In the men's doubles final, there was success for Europe with Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Morgensen claiming the title.

The pair inflicted a 22-20, 21-14 defeat on the Indonesian-American duo of Candra Wijaya and Tony Gunawan, who continued their long title drought.

There were smiles for the home crowd when Chien Yu-chin and Chen Weng-hsin won the women's doubles crown with a 21-16, 21-17 victory over the Indonesian pairing of Rani Mundiasti and Jo Novita.

Chen had earlier figured in the mixed doubles final where she and her partner, Fang Chieh-min, lost 14-21, 21-11, 21-19 to Indonesia's Devin Lahardi and Lita Nurlita.

The next tournament on the calendar is the Japan Open, which is a Super Series event and is expected to feature more top-ranked players.

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