Lee tops Chen to win Hong Kong Open

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Lee's triumph came at a time when his old nemesis Lin Dan of China suffered defeats in the China Open and the quarterfinals in Hong Kong earlier this week.
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Lee Chong Wei in action against China's Chen Long during the men's singles final at the Hong Kong Open in China's Hong Kong on November 26, 2017. The Malaysian won 21-14, 21-19.

Former badminton world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei clinched the Hong Kong Open on Sunday by defeating Olympic champion Chen Long 21-14, 21-19, defying expectations that the all-time great may be reaching his end.

China's Chen, who beat world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark to win the China Open for a fourth time last week, was stunned by 35-year-old Malaysian, whose world ranking has fallen as he approaches the latter stages of his career.

Lee's triumph came at a time when his old nemesis Lin Dan of China suffered defeats in the China Open and the quarterfinals in China's Hong Kong earlier this week.

In the women's singles, world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei outslugged India's Pusarla V Sindhu 21-18, 21-18 as the young top seeds slogged it out in a 45-minute battle.

Olympic silver medalist Sindhu, 22, also lost out to the 23-year-old Tai in last year's Hong Kong Open.

China's Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong took just 35 minutes to seal a 21-15, 21-13 victory over Danish shuttlers Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen in the mixed doubles final.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia beat Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark 21-12, 21-18 in the men's doubles final.

Top seeded Chinese duo Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan clawed their way back from a deficit in a battle lasting 1 hour and 10 minutes, defeating Indonesia's Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu 14-21, 21-16, 21-15 in the women's doubles final.

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