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World No.1 Lee Chong Wei with the BWF Super Series Finals winner's medal after he easily beat Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 15-10, 15-12 in the final at the KL Badminton Stadium on Sunday for his fourth year-end Finals title. - The STAR/ Glenn Guan
KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is the ‘King of Super Series’ once again!
Chong Wei was just too strong en route to trouncing a jaded-looking Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 21-10, 21-12 to bag his fourth Super Series Finals title on Sunday.
This is the first time that Chong Wei has won seven Super Series titles in a calendar year, having won the Opens in South Korea, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Japan and Hong Kong.
The 31-year-old Chong Wei, who won the Super Series Finals title for three consecutive times from 2008-2010, earned US$40,000 (RM129,288) for his 32-minute workout at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras yesterday.
The young Tommy, who had toppled second seed Kenichi Tago of Japan in the semi-finals, just couldn’t find the energy to give Chong Wei a real challenge.
“I’m definitely very happy to win seven titles in a year. This is the first time I’ve done it and it has boosted my spirits as I prepare for a challenging year ahead,” grinned Chong Wei, who now has an 8-0 record against Tommy.
“I think today Tommy was just too slow on court.
“I knew he had a tough match against Tago on Saturday and that he would probably be tired, so I went all out to attack him in the first game.
“Although the scoreline suggests it was a one-sided match, Tommy is still a very dangerous player and has given me many dangerous moments in the past.”
Chong Wei also admitted that although “age is just a number”, he would be more selective in his tournaments next year.
“I’m getting older, yes ... but age is only a number and I believe that if I can stay in good shape and in good spirits, I can still continue at the highest level,” said Chong Wei.
“But I will still try to cut down on the number of tournaments I compete in ... and be more selective if I hope to maintain my level of consistency.”
In women’s singles, world No. 1 and Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China continued her smashing form by stopping the sensational run of Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying.
The 22-year-old China ace won 21-8, 21-14 as Tzu-ying was simply drained by her titanic 77-minute battle on Saturday against Wang Shixian in the semi-finals.
“It’s great encouragement for me to win the final tournament of the year ... and a good confidence boost. I’m very happy with this result,” said Xuerui, whose win ensured that China did not go home empty-handed.
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