Chong Wei wins fourth Hong Kong title

Lee Chong Wei has won the Hong Open Open title for the fourth time in his career after beating Tian Houwei in straight games on Sunday.

The Malaysian former world number one recorded a 21-16, 21-15 win over the unseeded Chinese shuttler, although the 33-year-old didn't have it all his own way in the 49-minute encounter.

Chong Wei opened up a 4-0 lead in the first game, but soon after Houwei levelled at 6-all. Over the next couple of points the lead changed hands several times, before the Malaysian took the lead for good at 11-10.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist opened up a five-point lead at 17-12, and maintained that advantage for the remainder of the first game.

The second game followed much the same pattern, although Houwei did have a 9-6 lead at the halfway mark of the second game.

Chong Wei quickly responded and was soon 14-11 up. However, the 23-year-old refused to throw in the towel and won five of the next six points to level at 15-all.

At that point the Malaysian's greater experience shone through, as he won the next six points and with that, his fifth title of the year.

Sunday's victory caps a fine fortnight for the popular Chong Wei, following his triumph at the China Open last week. Both title-winning campaigns included victories over world number one Chen Long.

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