‘Form is temporary, class is permanent.’
Perhaps no one personified this saying more than Malaysia’s badminton legend, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei who showed his superiority by cruising to victory against two-time world champion, Chen Long in the Hong Kong Open men’s singles final 21-14 and 21-19 in Kowloon on Sunday (26 November 2017).
In his career-record 101th final appearance, there were no signs of wear and tear as 35-year old Chong Wei outclassed his much younger opponent with a mature, tactically astute display to seal his 5th Hong Kong Open title after previously winning the tournament in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2015.
National head coach, Datuk Tey Seu Bock was full of praise for the resurgent display by Chong Wei.
“Chong Wei played very well. He was more relaxed, took his time and was full of confidence. Tactically, he was very, very good. He had adversity to overcome in the second set and he just enjoyed his game. I hope this win will help spur his confidence. I’m proud of him,” Tey told www.bam.org.my.
Good news keep rolling in for Malaysia’s badminton with new mixed doubles pair, Chen Tang Jie and Goh Liu Ying sealing their first title together at the India International Series in Hyderabad defeating Rohan Kapoor-Kuhoo Garg 21-19 and 21-13.
Chong Yee Han produced a gritty display before losing to Lakshya Sen 15-21, 21-17 and 21-17 in the men’s singles final while women’s doubles pair, Lim Jee Lynn and Zhen Yap lost to Indonesian pair, Putri Sari Dewi Citra and Yujia Jin in a thrilling 22-20, 9-21 and 13-21.
In Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, South Korea, Cheah Liek Hou displayed his character to bounce back from first set loss to successfully defend his men’s singles title against Indonesia's Suryo Nugroho 19-21, 21-15, and 21-18.
29-year old Cheah and Hairul Pozi Saaba meanwhile didn’t manage to double the joy for the country after losing narrowly to scratch pair Suryo and Tay Wei Ming of Singapore after putting up a determined effort 21-18, 21-23 and 18-21.