Lee wins fourth All-England title

- Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 12 ― National badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei had to dig deep into his reserves to clinch a spot in the final of the All-England Badminton Championships in Birmingham yesterday.

Four-time champion Lee reached the final for a seventh time by recovering from a worrying start to beat Chiu Tien Chen of Taiwan 10-21, 21-14, 21-9.

Lee, 35, defeated the 21-year-old Shi 21-12, 21-10 to add the title to his collection of victories in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

In-form Shi will be raring to win his maiden All England title and the young shuttler has had enough big-match experiences in the recent past to do so but he will be tested by Lee, who is battling with the never-ending hunger for glory. "Yes, I'll be back". "I just focus and do what I can". "I 100 per cent want to come back next year".

Number of All England titles Lee Chong Wei has captured.

"I would like to thank all my fans here". All England is my favourite tournament.

"I didnot play my best", Shi said.

Prior to the prestigious event, he had said that "this edition of the All England Championships will probably be my last before retirement".

The three-time Olympic silver medallist will go on to face the victor of the match between China's Lin Dan and his compatriot Shi Yuqi.

For the first time in 21 years, Europe had representation in the women's doubles final as Denmark's Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen faced Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee of South Korea. Lin's deflating loss ended hopes of another final showdown between the veteran greats.

  • Julie Sanders