The Siri Fort Sports Complex on Sunday witnessed its biggest crowd of the tournament so far. And as soon as the names of Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long were called before the start of the men's singles final, the entire arena erupted in anticipation of a big game ahead.
Lee, winner here in 2011 and 2013, took long strides to reach the Court No. 1 a bit quicker than his opponent. For him, it was like playing in front of his own home crowd with the kind of reception he has got. And he didn't disappoint anyone, scoring a 21-13 21-17 victory.
The 31-year-old Malaysian, who has already won the Malaysian Open and All-England, looked unstoppable throughout the match as he unleashed a series of smashes and drop shots to tame his Chinese rival.
"I dedicate this victory to my son who will turn one next week. I will come back to India for the Thomas Cup. And I would certainly like to come back for the Indian Open, provided I remain injury free. This was certainly a great crowd here," said Chong Wei after the match.
Earlier, world No. 3 Shixian Wang carried her superb All-England form into the India Open and scripted yet another famous victory over her fancied compatriot and world No. 1 Li Xuerui 22-20 21-19 in a keenly fought match.