Chou Tien-chen established himself as Taiwan's premier badminton player Sunday, when he upset his Chinese opponent and won Taiwan's first men's singles title in the BWF World Superseries.
The 24-year-old came from behind to beat Wang Zhengming 10-21, 25-23, 21-19 in the final match of the Yonex French Open 2014 in Paris.
In elation, Chou lay on the court after clinching the match point, got up and shouted, then threw his racket into the crowd, which had been rooting for him for much of the game.
It was Chou's first win against Wang in their three encounters. The Chinese player, also 24, is 7th in the BWF World Rankings while Chou ranks 13th, although he has climbed steadily in the rankings over the past year.
Until Sunday, the best results for a Taiwanese male player in the BWF World Superseries were in 2009 and 2012, when Hsieh Yu-hsing and Hsu Jen-hao reached the men's singles semi-finals, respectively.
Chou got a shot at his first BWF World Superseries title by stunning No. 4 seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 14-21, 21-18, 21-19 in the semi-finals Saturday.
In that contest, Chou showed great maturity against his more experienced rival, according to the BWF website.