MS Final Taufik Hidayat beat Chen Hong 21-18, 21-19. TH was in splendid form and was always a step or two ahead of CH. There was no sign of injury and TH appeared in good physical condition. TH's overhead smash was killing CH's lifts, although the latter is also endowed with a similar lethal weapon. But in backhand, TH was unbeatable as he used it as though with his forehand and displayed strength, versatility and accuracy to taunt CH. Not that CH's own backhand is no good, but TH's was better. Coupled with a superb net display, TH was almost calling the shots at the net, much to CH's chagrin. The inevitable outcome had to come sooner than later in straight games as TH upped the pace. I suppose the short layoff by CH's self-imposed early retirement put paid to his final efforts. He has done relatively well to have gone into the finals although he was stretched by a rejuvenated Yeoh Kay Bin in three games 21-14, 17-21, 21-17 in the SF. CH appears to be a 'free' man adorning the colours of badminton equipment supplier "Victor". I thought I saw Xiong Guobao acting as his coach?