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Badminton: World No. 1 Lee, Wang win Hong Kong Open crowns

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei downed Sony Dwi Yuncoro 21-13, 21-7 to win the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open men’s singles final. Photos: AFP.

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei downed Sony Dwi Yuncoro 21-13, 21-7 to win the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open. Photos: AFP.

November 25, 2013: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei won his 50th career title with a dominant 21-13, 21-7 victory over Sony Dwi Yuncoro of Indonesia at the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open, the Malaysian’s sixth BWF Superseries title of the year.

 

It also marked the 18th Superseries career title for the 31-year-old, who didn’t compete in the previous week’s China Open, which was won by Chen Long of China. Chen, the World No. 2, withdrew from the Hong Kong Open ahead of the tournament.

 

World No. 5 Wang Yihan of China won her 18th Superseries singles title by beating compatriot Wang Shixian 2-1 (21-13, 16-21, 21-15) in one of the season’s best matches, with the former battling back from 10-6 down to win the decider.

 

For Wang Shixian, it was the second final loss in as many weeks after the World No. 3 lost to World No. 1 Li Xuerui in the China Open decider.

 

The 25-year-old Wang Yihan – a former World No. 1 and winner of this year’s Asian Championships – had ended the surprise run of Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in the semis, coming from behind to win 2-1.

 

World No. 3 Wang Yihan beat compatriot Wang Shixian 21-13, 16-21, 21-15 for her 18th BWF Superseries singles title.

Olympic silver medallist Wang Yihan beat Wang Shixian 21-13, 16-21, 21-15 for her 18th BWF Superseries singles title.

Porntip, 22, had earlier shocked top-seeded Li 2-0 in the quarters, having beaten World No. 6 Saina Nehwal of India 2-1 in the last 16.

 

Korea’s Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong confirmed their reputation as the world’s top men’s doubles team by coming from behind to beat fourth-seeded compatriots Kim Ki-jung and Kim Sa-rang 12-21, 21-15, 21-18 in the final.

 

It was Lee’s 30th Superseries title and a third in four campaigns for Lee and Yoo, who only started competing together last month.

 

China’s Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua won the women’s doubles by defeating compatriots Ou Dongni and Tang Yuanting 18-21, 21-16, 21-15.

 

English pair Chris Adcock and Gabrielle White’s 21-14 24-22 victory over China’s Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin in the mixed final was their first-ever title and the first Superseries success by a married couple.

 

The Adcocks, who saved five game points from 15-20 in the second, were the first English winners at the event in 28 years, following Martin Dew and Gillian Gilks in 1985.

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