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BADMINTON

Third All-England trophy may be last one for Lee Chong Wei

World number one from Malaysia says it's unlikely he will be back to try to win a fourth title

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 March, 2014, 8:30pm
UPDATED : Monday, 10 March, 2014, 8:30pm

Lee Chong Wei admitted his third All-England badminton trophy might be his last after producing one of his finest performances despite an ankle problem to gain revenge over China's Chen Long.

The world number one from Malaysia beat Chen 21-13, 21-18 - revenge for his loss in the final last year - then admitted he may not be back to try to win a fourth title.

Lee said the tournament underlined that preserving his body for another Olympic bid is increasingly problematic.

I had this [ankle] injury before I came and I just relaxed because I think it may be my last time. I think I did my best. Now I want to go home and talk with my coach and go back to doing some rehab
Lee Chong Wei

"I didn't know how well I would be able to play, but I feel very happy with what I did," Lee said. "I had this [ankle] injury before I came here and I just relaxed because I think it may be my last time. I think I did my best. Now I want to go home and talk with my coach and go back to doing some rehab."

Chen was gracious in defeat. "He played some amazing points," he said. "I can accept winning or losing today."

Earlier China won the women's singles when Wang Shixian, the fourth-seeded former All-England champion, beat Li Xuerui, the top-seeded Olympic champion, 21-19, 21-18.

It was a match which never caught fire, though Wang did enough to suggest she possesses a wider range of strokes and tactics than when she won the title three years ago.

"It wasn't too difficult playing a colleague because these days it happens in finals lot," said Wang. "I hope we will win more matches as a team."

Yu Yang's improbable rehabilitation continued in dramatic fashion as she and her women's doubles partner Wang Xiaoli saved a match point to complete a successful defence of their title.

Yu had said she was quitting after she and Wang were among those banned during the match-fixing scandal at the London Olympics.

"We really wanted to win again this year," said Wang. "We were quite scared about coming here because we were getting challenged by all the other players, but we managed to adjust."

Indonesia regained the men's doubles title when Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan beat Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan.

China's top-seeded mixed doubles pair of Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei was beaten by Tontowi Ahmad and Lilyana Natsir from Indonesia. It left China with just two titles, its smallest All-England haul for six years.

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