Zhou Mi ended her wonderful year on a high note yesterday, defeating fellow Hongkonger Wang Chen in the singles final at the Super Series Masters event in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Although she lost to her teammate in the group stage, the world number one was unstoppable in the final, winning 21-14, 21-18 in just 32 minutes. Zhou walked away with a US$40,000 winner's cheque, while Wang collected half of that. 'It is not the dollar signs that count,' said Hong Kong coach Chan Chi-choi. 'Winning the year-end tournament is a big honour, especially for Zhou, who came from scratch a year ago to regain her world number one spot. It's amazing to see where she stands now.' After losing quickly in the first game, Wang battled hard to get back into the match. The 32-year-old Hong Kong Super Series champion managed a 17-13 lead in the second game, but could not hold on to her lead. Zhou, 29, levelled at 18-all and went on to take the match. 'Wang seemed to run out of steam as all her last three matches went to three games, while Zhou played all her matches in two games,' said the coach. Zhou won two Super Series titles in 2008 and was runner-up on three other occasions in the 12-event series. 'Zhou will face a lot more difficulties in the coming year because she will be the target of all other players,' said the coach. 'She also needs to improve her physical conditioning to cope with the demanding schedule.' Wang and Zhou will start in the two super series tournaments next month, but Wang will then decide her future as her scholarship agreement with the Sports Institute ends in March. The veteran has already voiced her desire to retire from the sport. In the men's singles, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia swept aside Peter Gade of Denmark 21-8, 21-16 to clinch the title as the Malaysians also won in the men and women's doubles. The mixed doubles title went to Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark.