Lee Chong Wei nailed the China Open men’s singles title for the first time in super style on Sunday.
The former world No. 1 Chong Wei crushed top seed Chen Long of China 21-15, 21-11 in a 50-minute men’s singles final at the China Open in Fuzhou to become only the third Malaysian singles player to do so on the Chinese soil.
Wong Choong Hann won the men’s singles title in 2002 while Chong Wei’s wife Wong Mew Choo pulled off the feat in 2007 when she became the first Malaysian woman to nick it.
The only Malaysian doubles pair to win the title on the Chinese soil are brothers Razif and Jalani Sidek in 1989.
National coach Tey Seu Bock said that Chong Wei played the right game plan.
“His attacking and defensive game was solid. Everything worked so well for him. I am so happy for him,” said Seu Bock.
“Chong Wei is certainly back at his best after going through uncertain times over the last few months. This will put him in the right frame of mind ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio next year.”
Just a day ago, Chong Wei played superbly to beat five-time world champion Lin Dan of China in the semi-finals – his first win over the Chinese in about four years.