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Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei Wins Singapore Open Title

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei strengthened his claims for an Olympic medal when he won the Singapore Open in convincing fashion over the weekend.

The world's number two ranked player defeated Indonesia's Simon Santoso 21-13, 21-5 in a one-sided final to lift the title and earn himself a US$15,000 pay day. He also became the first Malaysian to win the Singapore Open.

Around 8,000 people turned up for the final day hoping to witness a tight affair. But Lee, who has been the outstanding singles player in the world over the past few weeks, was in no mood to hang around.

The top-seeded player took charge from the start and Santoso was unable to provide any resistance. The victory not only gave him a well-deserved title but also helped Lee in his preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing this August.

Despite the victory, Lee said the title meant little in the greater scheme of things. He said he only went to Singapore in order to play in a competitive environment.

"It was nothing to shout about," he later told Malaysian media. "I went there to get a taste of the competitive feeling and that's about it. I don't feel anything."

The women's singles title went to Denmark's Tine Rasmussen, the All England champion, who defeated former Chinese international Zhou Mi 21-19, 21-17 in the final in 36 minutes.

Zhou, now representing Hong Kong, stretched the Dane in the first game but was never in contention in the second game, even though she managed to garner 17 points. Like Lee, Rasmussen picked up US$15,000 for her efforts.

Malaysians dominated the men's doubles competition with the pair of Mohd Fairuzizuan and Mohd Zakry lifting the title.

They swept to a 21-18, 21-17 win over compatriots Gan Teik Chai and Woon Fui Lin in the final to boost their standing as a pair to watch in the future.

China's Du Jing and Yu Yang won the women's doubles with a 21-16, 21-19 win over Taiwan's Cheng Wen-hsing and Chien Yu-chin.

The mixed doubles crown went to Indonesia's Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir, who defeated England's Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg 17-21, 21-14, 21-9 in the final.

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