KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia : World No 1 Lee Chong Wei needed only 33 minutes to beat Peter Gade of Denmark 21-8, 21-16 to win the men’s singles title in the BWF World Super Series Masters Finals on Sunday.
The Malaysian, who was seeded number one for the year-ending tournament, was in devastating form and showed no mercy for his Danish opponent, who faced a partisan crowd at the Likas Stadium.
Lee pocketed 40,000 dollars for his effortless win in the Badminton World Federation tournament, while Gade took the consolation prize of 20,000 dollars.
Sunday’s win was his second straight victory over the Dane in the tournament. He had beaten Gade 21-19, 21-17 in a group match earlier in the week.
Gade said Lee was a worthy winner of the title.
“At present Lee and Lin Dan (of China) are the two best players in the world and in a class of their own,” he said.
Lee said the final was surprisingly easy, especially the first game but admitted Gade put up a stiff resistance in the second game.
“My target next year is the All England and the World championships. I will compete in the Malaysian Open next month but I will skip the Korean Open to give myself two months to prepare for the two important tournaments,” Lee said.
Lee was in complete control in the first set as he ruled the court and opened up a massive 14-1 lead, before going on to win 21-8 in only 12 minutes.
He led 11-6 in the second set but allowed his opponent to draw level at 13-13 before the Dane went ahead for the first time at 14-13.
However, it stopped at that and the Malaysian brought out smashes and some neat net play to romp home 21-16 in 32 minutes for the title.
The season-ending Super Series Masters Finals began on Thursday in Kota Kinabalu in the eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island, offering a total purse of 500,000 dollars.
In the men’s doubles, the former All England winning pair of Koo Kien Kiat-Tan Boon Heong ended their season on a high when they made easy work of their Korean opponents, Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae, winning 21-18, 21-14 in 37 minutes.
“We were completely relaxed as we knew we were in good shape and the form was with us,” Koo said.
The all-Hong Kong women’s singles final was a tame affair with top seeded Zhou Mi making quick work of compatriot Wang Chen, 21-14, 21-18.
The lanky 29-year old Zhou Mi exacted sweet revenge over Wang Chen, to whom she had lost a group match earlier.
“I lost to Wang Chen in the group match but… I got adjusted to the local environment and my game improved. This was proven in my win in the final,” she said.
Malaysia made a hat-trick of wins in the tournament when their top seeded women’s pair walked away with the doubles title.
Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty (MASx1) overcame Indonesia’s Vita Marissa-Lilyana Natsir (INAx2) 21-15, 22-20 in 34 minutes to lift the crown.
Denmark’s Thomas Laybourn-Kamilia Rytter (DENx2) took the mixed doubles crown when they overcame stiff resistance from Indonesian pair Nova Widianto-Lilyana Natsir (INAx1) eventually winning 21-19 18-21 22-20. – AFP/ms