Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei beaten in All-England final
BIRMINGHAM (AFP) - World number one Lee Chong Wei, who deferred retirement after the Olympics to make a few last attempts on the major titles, found himself denied in Sunday's final of the All-England Open.
Lee also found himself with an impressive new rival, Chen Long, a 24-year-old from Shashi, who fought off brave fight-backs by the favourite in each game to triumph 21-17, 21-18.
Last year, Lee lost the title to Lin Dan. Now the Chinese legend may have a good successor, on the evidence of Chen's marvellous containment and rallying ability, and increasing patience and judgement on when to make pouncing attacks.
Chen also carried himself like a champion. He never panicked when the match got tight, and handled the pressure like a player who may go on to win many more big titles.