Chen Long wins world title as Lee Chong Wei falls short again

China`s Chen Long edged out top seed Lee Chong Wei in a thrilling match to win the men`s final at the World Badminton Championships on Sunday, handing the Malaysian world number one his third successive defeat in a world championship decider. 

Chen Long wins world title as Lee Chong Wei falls short again

Cophenhagen: China`s Chen Long edged out top seed Lee Chong Wei in a thrilling match to win the men`s final at the World Badminton Championships on Sunday, handing the Malaysian world number one his third successive defeat in a world championship decider. 

World number two Chen, who had said before the final that Lee was not unbeatable, won 21-19 21-19 to secure his first medal at the world championships.

Having also lost two Olympic finals, Lee`s defeat meant that his wait for a first major title goes on. 

The first set was a cagey affair with Chen edging it 21-19 and he sprang out to an early lead in the second.

Lee fought back but Chen was not to be denied. 

There was also an upset in the women`s final as ninth seed Carolina Marin came back from a set down to defeat world number one Xuerui Li. 

Marin lost the first set 21-17 but the European champion roared back to win the next two 21-17 21-18 and become the first Spaniard to win a badminton world title. 

China`s Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao claimed the first title on Sunday in the women`s doubles, cruising to victory over compatriots Xiaoli Wang and Yang Yu 21-19 21-15.

South Korean outsiders Sung Hyun-ko and Baek Choel-shin surprised countrymen Yong Dae-lee and Yeon Seong-yoo to win the men`s doubles, the 12th seeds ousting their fifth-seeded rivals in a tight match 22-20 21-23 21-18. 

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. You can find out more by clicking this link

Close