Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia has lifted the Men’s Singles crown at the All England Open Badminton championship. In the final in Birmingham, the 34-year-old world number one defeated Shi Yuqi of China in straight games 21-12, 21-10. For the Malaysian, it is his fifth singles title in seven finals in the prestigious championships. Earlier, the Chinese pair of Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong won the Mixed Doubles title by defeating the Malaysian duo of Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goah in the final in three games, 18-21, 21-19, 21-16. The well-contested match lasted One hour and twenty-six minutes. The women’s singles final will be played later tonight.
Lee Chong Wei is a Malaysian professional badminton player born on 21 October 1982. From 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012, he was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks as a singles player. He is the fourth Malaysian player after Rashid Sidek, Roslin Hashim and Wong Choong Hann to achieve such a ranking. He is the only Malaysian badminton player to hold the number one ranking for more than a year. He is triple silver medallist at the Olympic Games. He is also the sixth Malaysian to win an Olympic medal.
The All England Open Badminton Championships is the world’s oldest badminton tournament. It is held annually in England. The tournament was given Superseries status in 2007. It upgraded to Superseries Premier status in 2011. The world’s first open tournament was held in the English town of Guildford in 1898. The tournament halted for two instances: from 1915 to 1919 (due to World War I) and from 1940 to 1946 (due to World War II). The 2017 All England Open Badminton Championships had a total purse of USD 600000.