AN overjoyed Lee Chong Wei kissed the Jalur Gemilang on his T-Shirt and it drew the loudest cheer in the packed Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
It was a moment to savour for the world number one Chong Wei when he lifted the Malaysian Open men’s singles title for the sixth time in a most convincing fashion.
The win ended his agonising wait for his first back-to-back Open badminton title in his career. He had won the Korean Open last week.
Yesterday, a cool and confident Chong Wei took only 34 minutes to blow away Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand with a 21-13, 21-7 win in one of the most lop-sided finals in the home tournament.
“I have never seen a big crowd like this for the Malaysian Open. My parents were here too to watch me play for the first time in the stadium. I am so happy,” said the 28-year-old Chong Wei.
It was an awesome win for the Malaysian.
He was only troubled briefly in the opening game when Boonsak fended off some fierce attacks to take a 11-10 lead.
Chong Wei came out of the interval transformed and turned the tempo of the game to show the Thai how fast he could be on the court.
With superb speed, he toyed around with Boonsak to take a 9-0 lead in the second.