Legendary badminton player Lee Chong Wei won his 4th title at the All England Open Badminton Championship at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, beating Shi Yuqi in the final.
After winning the title, Lee Chong Wei also changed his mind about retirement and stated that he will be back to defend his title next year. He had earlier stated that this would be his 13th and final visit to the most prestigious badminton tournament in the world.
Lee hardly had to break a sweat as he made easy work of Shi Yuqi in the final. The Malaysian swatted away his inexperienced Chinese opponent with a scoreline of 21-12, 21-10.
After the victory, Lee said:
“Every year I come here I feel like I am playing at home. I will definitely come back next year. I am a little surprised I won the whole tournament actually.”
After the defeat, Shi praising his idol Lee Chong Wei said:
“I learned from Lee Chong Wei. He’s better than me in both skills and tactics, and he always thought ahead of me.”
Lee Chong Wei, now 34, has been one of the best players in badminton over the past decade. He has won virtually every title in his career, except the Olympic Gold, which has eluded him throughout his career, having won three consecutive silver medals at the Olympics.