KUALA LUMPUR: It was a timely boost for Lee Chong Wei who claimed his second Super Series title this season, when he came out tops in the Hong Kong Open today.
The 35-year-old former World No 1, who has suffered a dip in form since the World Championships in August, downed Olympic champion Chen Long of China 21-14, 21-19 at the Hong Kong Coliseum in Kowloon.
Chong Wei pocketed US$30,000 (approximately RM123,000) while Chen Long settled for US$15,200.
Chong Wei's first title this season was the All England in March.
"I just enjoyed myself today against Chen Long, because I managed an easy win in the first game.
"I knew Chen Long was going to come back stronger, and when he took a 15-10 lead, I was already prepared to go to the deciding game.
"It's great to win in Hong Kong, the fans are great and it almost feels like I'm playing on home soil," said Chong Wei, who has now won 46 Super Series title throughout his career.
Today’s victory (Chong Wei's fifth Hong Kong Open title) is seen as a much needed win for the three-time Olympic silver medallist, who could play a key role for the national squad ahead of the Commonwealth Games, Thomas Cup and Asian Games next year.
Chong Wei had indicated earlier that he would play on for another two years.
His next assignment will be the World Super Series Finals in Dubai on Dec 13-17.
"I would like to tell the fans in Hong Kong that I would be seeing them again next year. Also this is my second title this season, hopefully I get to maintain this form and do well in Dubai next month."
Since his first round exit at the World Championships in Glasgow, Chong Wei has only reached one final (Japan Open) prior to the Hong Kong Open.