BIRMINGHAM, England — Lee Chong Wei, the man who has dominated the Super Series circuit without winning the most major titles, captured the All-England Open on Sunday.
The top-seeded Malaysian enjoyed a 21-19, 21-19 win over 20-year-old Kenichi Tago, the first Japanese male finalist for nearly half a century, in a final in which Lee's experience just got him through tight finishes in both games.
Lee also became the first man to win three Super Series titles in a row, having captured the titles in Seoul and Kuala Lumpur in January.
Just before giving his press conference Lee received a phone call of congratulations from the Malaysian prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, and came into the room buzzing with the thrill.
"It was a big relief to win and a big dream especially as it's the 100th anniversary of the All-England," said Lee.