CHONG WEI WINS FOURTH ALL ENG­LAND CROWN

Vet­eran wins fourth crown in crush­ing man­ner

New Straits Times - - Front Page - FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

LEE Chong Wei an­nounced it loud and clear that he will re­turn to Birm­ing­ham next year to de­fend his All Eng­land ti­tle af­ter win­ning it for the fourth time yes­ter­day.

The 35-year-old, who had ear­lier in­di­cated that this could be his swan song, showed pure class at the Bar­clay­card Arena as he brushed aside China’s young­ster Shi Yuqi 21-12, 2110 in the men’s sin­gles fi­nal.

“I would like to thank all my fans here. The All Eng­land is my favourite tour­na­ment,” said Chong Wei.

“I feel like play­ing at home, I will def­i­nitely come back to de­fend my ti­tle here. Yes, I will come back.”

Chong Wei, who nearly did not make the trip fol­low­ing a knee in­jury last month, showed no signs of trou­ble but in­stead looked more de­ter­mined than ever to prove a point this year.

The vic­tory also came as a timely boost for the Malaysian, who had won the ti­tle in 2010, 2011 and 2014, as he gears up for the World Cham­pi­onships in Glas­gow in Au­gust.

For his All Eng­land feat, Chong Wei pock­eted US$45,000 (RM200,500) in prize money while Yuqi set­tled for US$22,800.

Chong Wei, who has yet to land a ma­jor ti­tle in his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer, will re­turn to Kuala Lumpur first be­fore trav­el­ling to New Delhi for the In­dia Open on March 28-April 2.

Chong Wei is also listed to play in the Malaysia Open in April be­fore the Sudirman Cup (May) and In­done­sia Open (June).

Mean­while, mixed dou­bles Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying failed to land their maiden Pre­mier crown on the Su­per Se­ries cir­cuit fol­low­ing a 18-21, 21-19, 21-16 de­feat to China’s Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong.

Lu Kai-Yaqiong took home US$47,400 (RM211,000) for their win while Peng SoonLiu Ying set­tled for US$22,800 (RM101,500).

AFP PIC

Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon (left) and Goh Liu Ying in ac­tion against China’s Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong in the All Eng­land mixed dou­bles fi­nal in Birm­ing­ham yes­ter­day.

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