Lee Chong Wei pulled off a surprise 2nd consecutive win against world number 2 Chen Long, yesterday at a packed stadium in New Delhi, India. No one would actually thought that the world number 1 Lee Chong Wei could managed a second consecutive win over the younger and more physically superior Chen Long.
The whole stadium was cheering for Chong Wei through out the match, it seems that there was a chance that Chen Long could ruin Chong Wei’s day.
In fact, Chen Long won Lee Chong Wei numerous times last year continuously. Yesterday the 31 years old Lee Chong Wei played like he was 21 years with great recovery and retrieving abilities. Experience was clearly the main factor for Chong Wei’s victory last night.
The world number claimed his 3rd title of the year in style, he played patiently and he executed some nice slicing drop shots. He did well like all champions do, taking control of the situation. In fact the night before he had a tough match against second rank China’s men singles player Du Peng Yu in semi-finals. Du is known for his retrieval abilities and great fighting stretch the older Chong Wei to a rubber game.
Chong Wei was having a 8-1 lead in second game but Du Peng Yu stayed focus and managed to crawl back up to forced a rubber. Du Peng Yu was seen to have been showing sign of fatigue towards the end of the rubber set and a executed string of unforced errors. Lee Chong Wei won 21-17, 19-21, 21-15 in 72 minutes.
However in the finals, against Chen Long; Lee Chong Wei showed no sign of tiredness and scored a big confidence boost win 21-13, 21-17 in 55 minutes.
Hopefully the world number 1 could maintain his superb form at the Singapore Open Super Series, starting in Wednesday. Chong Wei is scheduled to be flying to Singapore on Monday as he needs to test the court on the itself. The qualification rounds will be starting on Tuesday.