Chen defeats Lee for world crown

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Defending champion and top seed Chen Long beat Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei to win the men’s Badminton World Championships in Jakarta on Sunday.

Lee had played well getting to the final but could not get past the Chinese world number one going down 21-14, 21-17 in just over an hour.

This is the fourth successive time that Lee has been denied the chance of winning the world crown.

The opening game was exciting and there was very little to choose between the two early on, but at 12-12 Chen upped his games and after a few smashes ran out winning the opening game 21-14.

In the second game the Malaysian fought hard but Chen held firm scoring with seven points in a row for a comfortable lead.

On the day Chen looked the better and was able to take anything that Lee threw at him, even though at one stage the Malaysian was only two points away from his opponent when the score was 17-15. 

But Chen had just that little bit extra in the tank to run out the victor, winning the game 21-17 and along with that the world title.

Whether the, 32-year-old Lee, will be seen at the Championships again remains to be seen as he hinted at retirement recently.

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