Badminton: Landmark win for Lee in All-England tournament

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The Independent Online

The world No 1 Lee Chong Wei claimed his first All-England title with victory over the Japanese underdog Kenichi Tago yesterday.

Lee prevailed 21-19 21-19 at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena to become the first non-Chinese men's singles winner since 2003 and only the second Malaysian champion in 44 years. The unseeded Tago showed spirit to save two match points but Lee, who has struggled to win major titles throughout his career, finished the job and overcame a psychological barrier with a good body shot.

Tine Rasmussen of Denmark won her second All England Open women's singles title, avenging her loss to top-seeded Wang Yihan last year at Birmingham National Indoor Arena by winning 21-14, 18-21, 21-19 in front of a 7,000-capacity crowd.