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Published: Sunday September 23, 2012 MYT 12:06:00 PM
Updated: Sunday September 23, 2012 MYT 3:11:02 PM

Japan Open: Chong Wei, Chan-Goh bag titles, Koo-Tan fall to S. Koreans

Chong Wei takes men's singles, Koo-Tan go down to S. Koreans

KUALA LUMPUR: National number one mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying won their first-ever BWF Super Series title when they defeated Muhammad Rijal-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia 21-12, 21-19 in the Japan Open badminton championships in Tokyo on Sunday.

The top seeded Malaysian pair were in fine form in the final as they overcame the fifth seeded Indonesians in just 32 minutes.

Meanwhile, Lee Chong Wei fended off the challenge from Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana to win the men's singles title.

The top seed, who won the title in 2007 and 2010, powered his way through to a 21-18, 21-18 victory over the Thai.

"It was really a good match, but it was tough," Lee, 29, told AFP.

"This is my first tournament after the London Olympics. I'm very happy to start with this victory. I can put my disappointment behind me with this title," said Lee, who lost to Lin Dan in the Olympic finals twice in a row.

Doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong failed to make it a trio of wins for Malaysia, going down to South Korea's Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang 21-16, 21-19 in just 33 minutes.


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