World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei won the All England Open Championship title for a third time, sweeping aside China's Chen Long 21-13, 21-18 in the final in Birmingham.
The Malaysian started strong, and his victory never looked in doubt as he completed a hat-trick of titles by defeating his 25-year-old rival, who won last year's championship.
|All England Open Championship Results|
|Men's Singles||Lee Chong Wei||beat||Chen Long||21-13, 21-18|
|Women's Singles||Wang Shixian||beat||Li Xuerui||21-19, 21-18|
|Men's Doubles||Mohammad Ashan and Hendra Setiawan||beat||Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa||21-19, 21-19|
|Women's Doubles||Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli||beat||Ma Jin and Tang Yuanting||21-17, 18-21, 23-21|
Despite his third victory, 31-year-old Lee hinted that this may be his last appearance at the Championships.
I think this my last All England. I'm very happy and I tried my best because Chen Long is a very tough match for me.
I've lost to him many times so I think for this reason I made sure I tried very hard. I've finished for this year and I don't know if I will be back next year.
In the women's final, Wang Shixian defeated Li Xuerui 21-19, 21-18 in an all-Chinese final. This was the second title for Wang, who is the girlfriend of Chen.
Wang was delighted after the win, and said per SkySports:
There are still a lot of big tournaments waiting for me to win so hopefully I can keep going.
Indonesian duo Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan prevailed in the men's doubles with a 21-19, 21-19 victory over Japanese pairing Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa.
In the women's doubles final, China's Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli defended their title. Yu shot to international infamy at the 2012 London Olympics after she and Wang were disqualified for attempting to lose group matches in order to gain a preferable draw in the knockout stage.
The pair won a closely fought match against fellow Chinese pair Ma Jin and Tang Yuanting 21-17, 18-21, 23-21.
The players will next head to the Yonex Polish Open in Warsaw on 20 March, as per bwfbadminton.org.
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