Badminton

Published: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 3:36:00 PM
Updated: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 11:40:16 PM

No sweat for Chong Wei in Super Series decider (updated)

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

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.

“I’m also fortunate enough that Tzu-ying had a long semi-final ... it’s not easy to recover after such a match.”

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