Monday, March 10, 2014

Chong Wei is king again

ON CLOUD NINE: Wins his third All England crown as Chen Long falls

LEE Chong Wei captured his third All England men's singles title by subduing China's second seed Chen Long in Birmingham yesterday.

The top seed, who won in 2010 and 2011, produced his best performance of the season to overcome the second seeded Chen Long 21-13, 21-18 in the 60 minutes.

It was a meaningful win for Chong Wei as it was his first over the Chinese ace since the semi-finals of the 2012 London Olympics. Chong Wei had suffered four straight defeats against his opponent, including last year's final before yesterday's victory.

"I dedicated my third All England title to my fans. Chen Long played well but I played better. I was really tired in the second game, and luckily the match did not go to a third game," said Chong Wei yesterday.

In the first game, Chong Wei was effective with his deceptive smashes and calculated rallies against an error-prone Chen Long. He mixed his shots and used every inch of the court to catch Chen Long off-guard on several occasions.

Chong Wei led 5-2 before racing ahead to 15-8 but the Chinese ace upped his pace and gave the Malaysian anxious moments by earning four straight points.

However, the 10-time Malaysian Open champion tightened his game and played patiently to find inroads and closed the game with two powerful smashes in 25 minutes.

Chong Wei was on cruise control in the second game, taking a 10-4 lead over a frustrated Chen Long, who was finding it tough to break his opponent's momentum.

However, a spate of unforced errors by Chong Wei allowed Chen Long back into the game by earning five straight points. But Chong Wei kept his focus and managed to regain his composure to lead 17-13.

Having beaten Chong Wei on eight previous occasions, the World No 2 patiently clawed his way back again with his deceptive play to reduce the deficit to 18-17.

But Chen Long failed to maintain the intensity giving Chong Wei three match points at 20-17. Chong Wei closed the match with a powerful smash to the baseline for the well-deserved win.

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