Olympic champion Lin Dan took only 43 minutes to overpower Taufik Hidayat 21-7, 21-14 with his superb net play in the first singles at Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
Doubles pair Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng snatched China’s second point, edging Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan 25-23, 16-21, 21-12 in a three-set thriller that lasted nearly an hour.
Chen Jin was also stretched to three sets by Simon Santoso before winning 19-21, 21-17, 21-7 in 1 hour, 13 minutes.
Lin Dan said he was pleased but exhausted after beating both Taufik and top-ranked Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia during the tournament.
“I am tired, very tired. I hope to change my economy class ticket to first class when we return home tonight,” he said.