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Badminton: Lee beats Boonsak to win Japan Open

Published on Sep 23, 2012 2:11 PM
Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia celebrates his win during the award ceremony of the men's singles final against Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand at the Japan Open badminton tournament in Tokyo on Sept 23, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Two-time champion Lee Chong Wei fended off a spirited challenge from Boonsak Ponsana to win the men's singles title at the Chinese-boycotted Japan Open badminton tournament on Sunday.

The Malaysian top seed, the winner in Japan in 2007 and 2010, powered his way through to a 21-18, 21-18 victory over the Thai.

"It was really a good match, but it was tough," said Lee, 29.

"This is my first tournament after the London Olympics. I'm very happy to start with this victory. I can put my disappointment behind me," said Lee, who lost to China's Lin Dan in the Olympic final both in London and Beijing.

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