Badminton world number one, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, crushed Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat in straight sets 21-8, 21-17 in the final of the Malaysia Open Super Series at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.
The victorious Chong dedicated his victory to the home crowd, some of whom arrived at the stadium five hours before the match.
“I was determined to win the tournament as it is my home title,” said Chong, who flew to South Korea later Sunday for the VICTOR Korea Open, one of five Super Series premier tournaments on the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) calendar.
“I am satisfied with my performance here because I am playing in front of my own fans and I did not want to disappoint them. I hope I can carry on the form from here to Seoul. I have always given my best wherever I go. It will be the same in Korea too,” he was quoted as saying on the BWF’s official website (www.bwfbadminton.org).
Taufik lauded Chong’s performance at the US$400,000 tournament.
“He played well while I had difficulties developing my [game],” Taufik was quoted as saying by Antara news agency after the match. He added that he gave his best at the tournament.