Prior to that, the tournament that witnessed Chinese players sweeping clean all five events six out of 15 times, had just once had sequential winners in more than one category – in 2011 and 2012 when Chen Long and mixed pair Xu Chen–Ma Jin rose to the top of the podium.
The legendary Lin Dan (2009, 2010) – the competition’s most successful athlete with six titles – and Liu Xin (2013, 2014) are the only other players to bag two straight crowns.
On a day of entertaining finals, Chen set the ball rolling by besting Nozomi Okuhara in a closely-fought three-gamer before an in-form Momota followed suit against Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen. The 21-15 17-21 21-18 victory handed the Japanese ace his 10th title of the season.
Indonesia’s darlings, Gideon/Sukamuljo then denied another Japanese pair in the men’s doubles final when they beat Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda 21-17 21-9.
It capped a day of firsts for the Fuzhou China Open, which also crowned its first Japanese women’s doubles winners – Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota – in the opening match earlier.