Badminton: Lee Chong Wei wins Hong Kong Open

Badminton: Lee Chong Wei wins Hong Kong Open

Lee Chong Wei win
Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei reacts after winning the men's singles final against China's Chen Long at the Hong Kong Open badminton tournament in Hong Kong on November 26, 2017. (Photo: AFP/ Lawrence Isaac) 

HONG KONG: Former badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei clinched the Hong Kong Open on Sunday (Nov 26) by defeating Olympic champion Chen Long 21-14, 21-19, defying expectations that the all-time great may be reaching his end.

China's Chen, who beat world number one Viktor Axelsen of Denmark to win the China Open for a fourth time last week, was stunned by 35-year-old Malaysian Lee, whose world ranking has fallen as he approaches the latter stages of his career.

Lee's triumph came at a time when his old nemesis Lin Dan of China suffered defeats in the China Open and the quarter-finals in Hong Kong earlier this week.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak congratulated Lee on his latest victory.

“Congratulations @LeeChongWei! A hard fought and well deserved win against Chen Long. #KamiTeamMalaysia,” said Najib in his Twitter posting, on Sunday night.

In the women's singles world number one Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan stunned India's Pusarla V Sindhu 21-18, 21-18 as the young top seeds slogged it out in a 45-minute battle.

Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, 22, also lost out to the 23-year-old Taiwanese star in last year's Hong Kong Open.

China's Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong took just 35 minutes to seal a 21-15, 21-13 victory over Danish shuttlers Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen in the mixed doubles final.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia beat Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark 21-12, 21-18 in the men's doubles final.

Top seeded Chinese duo Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan clawed their way back from a deficit in a battle lasting one hour and 10 minutes, defeating Indonesia's Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu 14-21, 21-16, 21-15 in the women's doubles final.

Source: AFP/Bernama/ad/de