* Chong Wei’s next stop is the Canadian Open
* Nozomi too strong for compatriot Sayaka in women’s final
A small band of Malaysian supporters were given a treat by Malaysia’s former World No 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei who defeated Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in the final of the USD120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold on Sunday – his first Open title in a year.
With the win, Chong stretched his head to head count against the lanky Dane to 4-0 – all in straight sets.
The unseeded 33-year-old Penangite accomplished his mission at the Grant Campus Sports & Education Center in Brentford, New York on with a 22-20, 21-12 win in 39 minutes over the third seeded Dane to pocket USD9,000 in prize money which came with the title.
The small Malaysian supporters made their presence felt right from the start as the Dane battled point for point and even stayed ahead of the Malaysian ace at times.
The first set lasted a good 23 minutes but Chong Wei kept his cool even when Vittinghus drew a big round of applause from the spectators with a brilliantly taken shot between his legs for a point which left Chong Wei stranded and tie the score at 20-20.
However, Chong Wei’s experience had a telling effect and it was the Dane who gave away two straight points in his haste to finish off the set by sending the shuttle into the net..
In the second set the Malaysian was in his element and the pressure was on Vittinghus – taking the set in only 15 minutes.
At the end of the match Chong Wei shook hands with his fans and supporters before taking the podium with the Jalur Gemilang wrapped around his shoulders.
In between there were shouts for Chong Wei to “come back next year” and the Malaysian responded with a big smile. He certainly has his own band of supporters in in US with a clear message that he is well liked by them.
Chong Wei’s next stop is the USD50,000 Canadian Open in Calgary which begins Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in the all-Japanese women’s final top seed Nozomi Okuhara defeated compatriot Sayaka Sato 21-16, 21-14 in a 54 minute final. The champion took home USD9,000 while runner-up pocketed USD4,560.
RESULTS (All Finals)
Lee Chong Wei (Mas) beat Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 22-20, 21-12
Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) beat Manu Attri-B. Sumeeth Reddy (Ind) 21-12, 21-16
Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) beat Sayaka Sato (Jpn) 21-16, 21-14
Yu Yang-Zhong Qiaxian beat Akane Kurihara-Naru Shinoya (Jpn) 21-14, 21-10
Huang Kaixiang-Huang Dongping beat Reginald Lee Chun Hei-Chau Hoi Wah (Hkg) 21-15, 21-14