Birmingham: Lee Chong Wei produced one of his finest performances to regain the All England Open title and to win it a third time, doing so with an impressively emphatic straight games win over Chen Long in Birmingham on Sunday.
The world No. 1 Malaysia beat the titleholder from China 21-13, 21-18 - revenge for his loss to Chen in the final last year.
The variety of the 31-year-old's game was often mesmerising, and his focus was steely enough to resist determined second-game fight-backs by Chen from 4-10 to 9-10 and from 13-18 to 17-18 and to within the width of the net tape of getting to 18-all.
Earlier China won the women’s singles when Wang Shixian, the fourth-seeded former All-England champion, beat Li Xuerui, the top-seeded Olympic champion, 21-19, 21-18.
Yu Yang’s improbable rehabilitation continued in dramatic fashion also on Sunday as she and her women's doubles partner Wang Xiaoli saved a match point to complete a successful defence of their All-England Open title. Yu, who had said she was quitting after she and Wang were among those banned during the match-fixing scandal at the London Olympics, was again a bundle of renovated self-belief and forecourt energy as the top-seeded pair edged out their unseeded compatriots Ma Jin and Tang Yuanting 21-17, 18-21, 23-21. (Agencies)