The hope that at least one title would remain in Japan ended on finals day as Lee Chong Wei returned to winning form after his Olympic heartbreak as Eriko Hirose came within a game of the women’s singles title.
Lee Chong Wei Claims Title
It was a triumphant return to action for Lee Chong Wei in Japan as he cruised to the men’s singles title without the loss of a game for the entire week. His victory over Boonsak Ponsana was the closest of his five matches this week but the victory was never in doubt as the Malaysian won 21-18, 21-18.
Eriko Hirose took the opening game in the women’s singles final 21-9 over Tai Tzu Ying to put herself within a game of the title only for the Chinese Taipei player to reverse the scoreline in the second game. Hirose never recovered and never led in the third game as the 5th seed won the third game 21-14 to take the women’s singles title.
Koo and Tan Beaten
The 2nd seeded Koo and Tan were defeated in two games by the Korean pair of Kim and Kim in the quickest of the five finals, with Koo and Tan never looking like taking either of the games as the 7th seeds took the men’s doubles title. Chan and Goh ensured a second title for Malaysia in the mixed doubles with a two game victory over the new Indonesian partnership of Rijal and Natsir.
The women’s doubles final offered Japan’s best chance of a title as the 4th seede Matsuo and Naito took on Poon and Tse of Hong Kong. At 15-15 in the first game, the Japanese pair gave up four points without reply to give away the opening game. At 16-16 in the second game, they claimed a precious lead ay 17-16 only to fall behind and after saving one match point, they allowed the Hong Kong pair to win another 2 points without reply to claim the women’s doubles title.