Xiamen's Chen Long wins his first All-England Open title

Updated: 2013-03-12
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Chen Long(left) poses at the awarding ceremony with Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei after their singles final match at the 2013 Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships, in Birmingham, Britain, March 10, 2013. Chen Long won 2-0 to claim the title. 
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Chen Long(left) celebrates after the winning
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Chen Long returns the shot against Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei during the game

Xiamen badminton player Chen Long beat the world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 21-17, 21-18 at the men's singles finals to claim his first All England Open title on Sunday.

Chen Long was China’s top seed player, tipped to win this year’s All England Open men’s title in the absence of Lin Dan, the two-time Olympic champion, and five-time All England champion.

Chen, still only 24 and seen as a potential successor to Lin Dan, made a strong start in the game, taking the lead against Lee 7-0 in the first game and 6-1 in the second. The 1.88m-tall player was able to penetrate Chong Wei's strong defense with a range of smashes and drop shots.

Although Lee tried hard to catch up with Chen, his lead proved a little too much for the 31-year-old twice champion to make up. Chen Long dominated the game and won it in 62 minutes.

"This is very important – a top, world class tournament victory, and it’s been great experience for future tournaments," Chen Long said. "I am very excited about that."

The win could be a big boost for Chen Long’s career. His teammate Lin Dan went on to complete the "Super Grand Slam", winning all nine major titles in world badminton, after he won his first All England Open title here nine years ago.

Chen Long, who was born in Shashi, Hubei Province in 1989, joined the Xiamen city team in 2000 and entered the national team in 2006. He became well known in China after winning the World Junior Championships men’s singles in 2007. 


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