Lee Chong Wei, who beat Chen Long of China in straight sets to win the Indian Open title on Sunday, holds aloft the winner’s trophy. - AFP
KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei further cemented his status as the king of the Superseries when he nailed his third Indian Open men’s singles title in style.
Yesterday, the 31-year-old Chong Wei showed impressive resilience to beat Chen Long of China 21-13, 21-17 in a 55-minute final that depicted top class badminton from both players.
The New Delhi win put Chong Wei’s record one up on Chen Long, having beaten the latter nine times in their 17 big clashes.
It was also the Malaysian’s third Superseries title this year after pocketing the Malaysian Open (January) and All-England (March). He only missed one after losing to Chen Long in the final of the Korean Open in January.
Three-time All-England champion Chong Wei was delighted to beat his closest rival Chen Long for the second time this year.
“I defeated him at the All-England last month and now I got the better of him again after overcoming a tough fight. I am happy with this victory,” said Chong Wei, who was also the Indian Open winner in 2011 and 2013.
Yesterday, Chong Wei got off to a brilliant start to take a 7-1 lead to spark a great promise of victory. It however, did not take too long before Chen Long charged back into the game with his strong and powerful smashes but Chong Wei kept his cool to take the opener.
The second game was nail-biting with Chong Wei and Chen Long locking horns from the start but the Malaysian pulled off excellent drop shots and terrific pick-ups to outfox the latter to romp home for a win.
“I am thankful for the overwhelming support from my friends and Indian fans here,” said Chong Wei after his win, to cheers from his passionate badminton followers.
“I will be competing in the Singapore Open next (starting on Wednesday) and I will be out to add one more title to my collection,” said Chong Wei.
Chen Long is skipping the Singapore Open and, in his absence, second seed Kenichi Tago of Japan and China’s Du Pengyu will be the main challengers.