* Rio Olympics remains on his radar
* China win men’s doubles
* Commonwealth Games champion Michelle Li retains women’s singles title
* India win women’s doubles
Datuk Lee Chong Wei, the 14th seed, gave a smashing performance to win his second title in two weeks on his American tour when he won the Yonex Canada Open in Calgary on Sunday (Monday in Malaysia) to add to the US Open title he won in New York.
The Penangite, who had to go the full distance in his last three matches before playin in the final, defeated Hong Kong’s seventh seed Angus Ng Ka Long in straight sets 21-17, 21-13 in 35 minutes to pocket USD3,750 that came with the title. He won USD9,000 in winning the US Open.
But money takes a back seat for Chong Wei who is on his “Rio Olympic Mission” to garner ranking points in his bid to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics after his eight month suspension for a drug related offence. The suspension saw his world rankings plunge to 180 before moving up to 99 after his success in the US open.
Chong Wei’s ranking is expected to improve further after winning the Canada Open.
The Canada Open was only his second Open tournament but Chong Wei warmed up for competitive badminton when he played for Malaysia in the Sudirman Cup and the SEA Games team events after his ban was lifted on May 1.
The women’s singles title saw Canada’s Commonwealth Games champion Michelle Li retain her title. The third seeded Canadian battled for 62 minutes before overcoming her gritty Japanese opponent Kaori Imabeppu 21-17, 25-23 in the final.
Fifth seeds Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen Chen of China defeated compatriots Huang Kaixiang-Wang Sijie in a come-from-behind 17-21, 21-12, 21-18 to lift the men’s doubles title.
The women’s doubles title went India’s way with third seeds Jwala Gutta-Aswinin Ponappa pulling off a stunning straight sets 21-19, 21-16 win over top seeds and favourites Eefje Muskens-Selena Piek of Nederlands in 35 minutes.
Datuk Lee Chong Wei (Mas) beat Angus Ng Ka Long (Hkg) 21-17, 21-13
Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) beat Huang Kaixiang-Wang Sijie (Chn) 17-21, 21-12, 21-18
Michelle Li (Can) beat Kaori Imebeppu (Jpn) 21-17, 25-23
Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponappa (Ind) beat Eefje Muskens-Selena Piek (Ned) 21-19, 21-16
Reginald Lee Chun Hei-Chau Hoi Wah (Hkg) beat Andrei Adistia-Vita Marissa (Ina) 21-16, 21-18