KUALA LUMPUR – Former world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei took only 39 minutes to defeat his opponent in the US Open Grand Prix Gold and claim his first open tournament title.
The 33-year-old Penang-born seasoned shuttler showed he had not lost his winning touch despite an eight-month absence from competition, by beating Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 22-20 and 21-12.
The US Open GP Gold held at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, United States is Chong Wei’s first open tournament and third international assignment after an eight-month ban for a doping allegation.
“I’m happy with my performance in the US Open even though this is my individual tournament after nine months. Thank you fans and supporters, I love you all,” said Chong Wei on his Facebook.
Chong Wei wants to make up for lost time and improve on his world ranking. In eight months, he dropped from the world number one spot to 79th.
The encouraging showing in the open tournament should serve as a good warm up, ahead of the World Championships in Jakarta in August.