Lee Chong Wei wants to play All England Championships in 2018, sets sights on fifth title

Lee defeated China's Shi Yuqi in the final on Sunday to clinch his fourth title.

Lee Chong Wei
Top seed Lee was rarely tested in the final on Sunday Reuters

Word number one shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei revealed that he is definitely thinking about featuring in next year's All England Championships shortly after taking home a fourth title from Birmingham on Sunday.

The Malaysian legend, who had earlier hinted that the recently-concluded edition of the World Superseries Premier would be his last, made a U-turn on his decision. Notably, Lee had doubts about participating in this year's tournament after suffering a knee injury last month but the 34-year-old pushed himself to represent his county in Birmingham.

His determination paid off when he decimated China's Shi Yuqi in straight games - 21-12, 21-10 - in the title match at the Barclaycard Arena yesterday. Lee dropped only one game in what was his first tournament of the ongoing season and clinched impressive wins against top-ranked shuttlers, Tian Houwei and Chou Tien Chen, enroute to the final.

While quite a few were rooting for a final between Lee and his arch rival Lin Dan, the latter, who had also reached the semi-final, slipped to a straight games defeat against Shi. The three-time Olympic silver medalist revealed that he was expecting a tough final after he saw the 21-year-old Chinese shuttler defeat his senior compatriot on Saturday.

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"All England is my favourite tournament, and I 100 per cent want to come back next year. he said. I hope I can win again next year, and become a five-time All England champion," Lee said, as quoted by the tournament's official website.

"I have won a lot of Superseries titles, and this is my fourth at All England. It is a different feeling though because All England is an amazing tournament.

"When I came here this year, I was just back from injury, and this is my first tournament of the year. This win is very important for me.

"I am feeling so happy. I don't think it was an easy match, I tried to focus on my play. Yesterday, I saw Shi Yuqi play Lin Dan and he played very well, and when he beat Lin, I knew he would not be an easy player to beat. My focus was on playing my match, but when I got some points, I felt more confident."