Kuala Lumpur: Home favourite Lee Chong Wei dismantled world No.1 shuttler Chen Long of China in straight games to win his 11th Malaysia Open title here on Sunday.
Chong Wei lightened up the home fans by winning six consecutive points after he tied with Chen 2-2 in the opening game. The defending champion seemed unable to mount any real challenge and Chong Wei won the match 21-13 and 21-8 in 42 minutes, reports Xinhua.
With this win, world No.4 Chong Wei levelled 12-all in career meetings against the two-time reigning world champion.
Lee admitted he was surprised to win by such a margin. But Chen seemed to be satisfied with the runner-up, saying he had achieved his goal for the tournament by grabbing points to qualify for the Olympic Games.
In the women’s singles final, former world champion Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand moved past Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, winning 21-14, 21-15. With this win, 21-year-old Ratchanok clinched her eighth victory out of 13 meetings against Tai.
Also, it was Ratchanok’s second consecutive Superseries title — she won in Indian Open in New Delhi on April 3.
China won its only title in the tournament after Tang Yuanting and Yu Yang delivered a handy victory over Jung Kyung Eun and Shin Seung Chan of South Korea, winning 21-11, 21-17 in the women’s doubles final.
“It was the first time we play against these Korean shuttlers since we paired, so we had prepared to face difficulty,” Yu said. “But the strong wind within the stadium make it impossible to apply our tactics, we win because we managed to control the shuttle better.”
In the men’s doubles, Chai Biao and Hong Wei of China failed to hang on to their 18-16 lead in the first set against Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang from South Korea. They subsequently lost the match 19-21, 15-21.
Indonesian mix doubles Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir dismayed the home fans by defeating Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, winning the title 23-21, 13-21, 21-16.