Tokyo: Malaysian badminton super star Lee Chong Wei won his fifth Japan Open title after beating Hong Kong's Hu Yun 21-14, 21-12 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Lee Chong Wei is the most successful badminton players on Japanese soil by winning 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Japan Open titles.Lee Chong Wei is the most successful badminton players on Japanese soil by winning 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Japan Open titles.
Playing with an unusually aggressive flair, Lee Chong Wei led the first game all the way with a cushion of up to eight points. Chong Wei scored the 21th point in the first set after eighth-seeded Hu returned a high lob into the net.
In the second set, Hu Yun was trying to make a comeback after leading 12-10. But after 12-all, Lee took nine straight points, and scored the match point by smashing a shot past a stunned Hu.
"It was an unexpectedly easy match for a final," Lee said. "I had not played aggressively in the Japan Open. But I studied Hu in video last night and decided it would be better if I play aggressively."
Hu, 32, said: "I feel happy because I had not expected such a result before the tournament." "Chong Wei was awesome with his speed and attack."
In women's doubles, top-seeded Chinese Li Xuerui beat Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 21-16, 21-6 in 34 minutes to win the women's singles.
South Korea's Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong and Japan's Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi triumphed in the men's and women's doubles final, respectively.
Chinese duo Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei took the mixed doubles gold.