World number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia beat bitter rival Lin Dan of China 22-20 16-21 21-17 in the final of the Japan Open Super Series on Sunday.
The victory foiled another Chinese clean-sweep of the five titles on offer following total domination at the China Masters last week and the world championships in Paris in August.
But China still ended 4-1 with triumphs in the women`s singles, the men`s and women`s doubles and the mixed doubles.
Chong Wei`s success was some compensation for his shock defeat in the world championships where both he and Lin exited in the quarter-finals.
Olympic champion Lin got back on track a week ago with victory in the final of China Masters but on Sunday he was out-toughed in an 80-minute marathon by Chong Wei.
The Japan Open is the eighth of the 12-strong Super Series tournaments which culminate in the finals early next year. China`s next big focus is the Asian Games in Guangzhou in November.