TheStar SINGAPORE: Forty-eight minutes was all Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat (pic, above) of Indonesia needed to pack off China’s Chen Hong in the men’s singles final of the Singapore Open badminton championships at the Singapore Indoor Stadium yesterday. The 15-9, 15-3 win brought Taufik, who is ranked eighth in the world, his first international title since taking the gold medal at the Athens Olympics last August. His efforts yesterday was worth US$13,600 while Chen Hong, who is ranked seventh in the world, pocketed US$6,800. The 28-year-old Chen Hong, who had eliminated defending champion Kenneth Jonassen of Denmark in the quarter-finals, had no answer to the relentless onslaught of the 24-year-old Indonesian. And Taufik said at the post-match press conference that he was playing at “only 70%” as he prepares himself for the World Championships in California next month. He will be in action in this week’s Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur. “I am on track in my preparations. Before coming to Singapore, I had set myself a target of winning either in Singapore or Malaysia. Now that I have won here, I am all geared up for the Malaysian Open,” he said. “I want to be the world champion. I hope to gain enough ranking points to get among the top four seeds for the world championships.” Indonesia won another title through the men’s doubles combination of Sigit Budiarto-Candra Wijaya. They defeated Danes Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen 8-15, 15-8, 15-7 in the final to pocket US$12,240. In the women’s singles final, second seed Zhang Ning won her fourth Singapore Open title and it was again Zhou Mi whom she beat to take home US$11,730. “Singapore is a happy hunting ground for me and I will be back for my fifth title,” said the 30-year-old Zhang Ning.