Badminton: Lee beats Boonsak to win Japan Open
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.