Lee Chong Wei won his 11th Malaysia Open title with a convincing 21-13, 21-8 win over top seed Chen Long of China. This victory is even sweeter for Chong Wei as he had lost in the early rounds of the two previous tournaments that he had participated, All England and also India Open.
Chen Long seemed to have some issues with the drift of the shuttle and was trailing Chong Wei 18-8 in the first set. In the second, Chen Long made many uncharacteristic mistakes and thus making Chong Wei’s 11th win on home soil achievable.
According to Chong Wei, “I know I get a lot of criticism when I play poorly … but I also know my targets and my focus on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics (in August) has never wavered. This win has restored my confidence … I’m more fired up than ever for the Olympics.”
Chong Wei’s next assignment will be at Wuhan for the Asia Badminton Championship (ABC).
Chen Long, who has not won a title since the Denmak Open last October, was not too concerned with the loss.
“It’s not easy playing Chong Wei in Malaysia. This was the first time I’ve played on the main court … I couldn’t control the shuttle well,” said the 27-year-old two-time world champion.
“The loss is not a big issue … it’s an Olympic year and we have many more tournaments.
“I am glad to have the chance to face Chong Wei here … it’s something the supporters can enjoy.”
Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying couldn’t make a grand double for Malaysia as they lost to Tontowi Ahmah-Liliyana Natsir in a 3set battle. A big well done for this mixed double pair for reaching the final.