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History was made Sunday in China as Jan O Jorgensen claimed the men's singles title at the Thaihot China Open, heralding a return to form for one of Denmark and Europe's most colorful characters.

What made the victory so special is that Jorgensen became the first European and non-Asian player to win the prestigious event on a black day for Chinese badminton where, for the first time in history, no title at the China Open went to home players.

Jorgensen's men's singles win surprised the player himself after a lacklustre Olympics followed by a run less than news worthy performances at the French Open, Denmark Open and Korea Open. However, a pair of runners up spots in Indonesia and Japan, either side of the Olympics was enough to suggest that, for the world number 6, it was probably just a question of time as to when the year defining win would come.

Even without Lee Chong Wei in the field the task for Europe's best was an enormous one especially with Olympic Champion Chen Long the red hot favourite ensconced on his home patch. Jorgensen was made battle hard in his quarter and semi-finals, taken to three games in both by Tian Houwei and Iskandar Zulkarnain respectively. Jorgensenís team mate, Viktor Axelsen had softened the giant Chinese shuttler in the semi-final but with a head to head of 8-1 in favour of the Olympic champion even most of the European money would have been on Chen long to extended his rule over Jorgensen.

The final itself hinged around the opening game and at 20-17 in favour of Jorgensen it looked to be going according to plan for the world number 6. Chen Long did bite back to level at 20-20 and the signs were ominous from a Danish perspective. However, Jorgensen dug deep and circled the wagons to take the opening game 22-20 which proved to be catalyst for the Dane to go on and claim the title.

Jorgensen, with the momentum, came out of the blocks fastest in the second game and reached the interval with a three-point lead. Two additional points after the interval break broke the Chinese number 1 and Jorgensen powered the Danish juggernaut home with a 21-13 victory to seal what is probably the biggest win of his career.

"Big win yesterday. One of the biggest days so far in my badminton career. I must say I didn't expect at all to win this tournament when it started on Tuesday. Yesterday's game was very tough and I had to fight with all I have to beat Chen Long. He has done so well over the last few years and is always a very tough opponent. It makes me even more proud to have beaten him in such a big game" Jan O Jorgensen via his official Facebook page.

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