Lee Chong Wei, of Malaysia, celebrates victory. “This may be my last All England so I’m very happy. Chen Long is a good player and I needed to play my best to beat him,” said the world No. 1 Lee, admitting it was a tough match which sapped him physically.
Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff
Edited by Divas
All England 2014 Badminton Title held in Birmingham from 04 to 09 March produced mixed fortunes to top shuttle playing nations.
China, which remains the top badminton nation, showcased its overall dominance with shuttle winning woman single and doubles.
However, China could not stop Indonesia and Malaysia from sharing the pride with it, especially the male single.
The legend of Lee Chong Wei loomed large at the Yonex All England 2014 this afternoon with the Malaysian savoring a famous feat.
Lee started strong and enjoyed a hat-trick of titles.
The limelight of All England 2014 belonged to one of badminton’s most popular players, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and China’s Chen Long.
It was Lee Chong Wei’s day and he summoned a final flourish to capture
his third All England crown.
All-out attack and precision in the first game and early part of the second characterized Lee’s success as the lean, well-toned top seed employed speed, acute angles and deft shot-making.
Lee sprinted ahead and capitalized on leads of 13-6 and 15-8 – the net and
luck even on his side – as fans’ deafening cheers spurred him on.
“I tried my best today. This may be my last All England so I’m very happy. Chen Long is a good player and I needed to play my best to beat him,” said the world No. 1 Lee, admitting it was a tough match which sapped him physically.
The Malaysian had his toughest match of the week against Korea’s Son Wan Ho.
The Korean won the first game rather comfortably and had the top seed in a spot in the second game.
Lee, however, was able to shift gears and snatch the game from 15-17 down. He continued in the same vein to clinch the decider: 14-21 21-19 21-15.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has praised Lee Chong Wei for winning the All-England 2014 badminton title.
Chong Wei had won the title twice in 2010 and 2011.