Lee, Wang lift singles crowns

Lee, Wang lift singles crowns

In the women’s event, world number one Wang Shixian of China won her first All England singles crown, battling past brave Japanese Eriko Hirose 24-22 21-18. Unseeded Hirose was the first Japanese to reach the final since 1979 and fought all the way but Wang proved too strong.

Third seed Lin was seeking a fifth success at the prestigious tournament but Chong Wei had too much in the locker.

The pair are the outstanding duo of the last decade but Lin has generally outperformed his rival at global level and the head-to-head before Sunday stood at 15-7 to the Chinese.
Chong Wei, cheered to the rafters by a sizeable Malaysian contingent in the crowd, emerged top dog this time to claim his second All England crown. The 28-year-old is now looking forward to the world championships at Wembley in August. "I hope all my supporters can be in London and help me there," he added.

After an even start the Malaysian stretched into a 15-10 lead in the first game when Lin looked unsettled by a line call.

Amid rallies of the highest quality, Chong Wei led 16-13 in the second and battled on grittily to land the spoils, falling on his knees at the end in delight and relief.

Final results (prefix denotes seeding):  Men's singles: 1-Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) bt 3-Lin Dan (China) 21-17, 21-17. Men's doubles: 1-Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark) bt Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (Malaysia) 15-21, 21-18, 21-18. Women's singles: 1-Wang Shixian (China) bt Eriko Hirose (Japan) 24-22, 21-18. Women's doubles: 3-Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang (China) bt Mizuki Fujii/Reika Kakiiwa (Japan) 21-2, 21-9. Mixed doubles: Xu Chen/Ma Jin (China) bt 3-Sudket Prapakamol/Saralee Thoungthongkam (Thailand) 21-13, 21-9.