KUALA LUMPUR: After enjoying a winning streak for more than two years, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei finally lost his touch against Peter Gade-Christensen of Denmark with a rare defeat in the Korean Open men’s singles final in Seoul yesterday.
The world number one went down 18-21, 21-10, 17-21 in a 53-minute battle that saw the Dane’s superiority at the net and a solid defence.
With the defeat, Chong Wei failed to win his third consecutive titles. He had won the Super Series Masters Finals last month and his fifth Malaysian Open title on Jan 11. The defeat also meant that Chong Wei failed to win his first title as a world number one player outside Malaysia.
Chong Wei was not too disappointed over his failure to beat the Danish veteran yesterday.
“This is my first final appearance in the Korean Open. I think this is my best result in a tournament during winter. Personally, this is an improvement for me,” said Chong Wei in a telephone interview.
But he admitted that he could have played better.