KUALA LUMPUR - Tokyo continues to be world No. 1 men's singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei's happy hunting ground.
On Sunday, the 30-year-old Chong Wei played brilliantly to overcome home favourite Kenichi Tago 23-21, 21-17 for his fourth Japan Open title since its inception in 1984.
This makes Chong Wei the most successful men's singles player in the Japan Open. He had previously won in 2007, 2010 and 2012.
It was also his first title since losing to China's Lin Dan in the final of the World Championships last month. The Japan Open triumph clearly shows that Chong Wei's desire to win is still intact.
It was his 14th win over Kenichi - and probably one of the most meaningful one.
Chong Wei showed great determination and focus throughout the tournament despite the resignation of his coach Rashid Sidek on Thursday.
"I dedicate this win to my coach Rashid," said a delighted Chong Wei, who has won four other Super Series titles this year - in Malaysia, South Korea, India and Indonesia.
The Malaysian, however, paid a glowing tribute to Kenichi for pushing him to the limit - especially in the opening game. The Japanese held game point at 20-17 but allowed Chong Wei to come charging back to take the opener.