Lee Chong Wei reclaimed his World No 1 spot from nemesis Lin Dan of China after capturing his third Japan Open title in Tokyo yesterday.
Chong Wei secured a 21-18, 21-18 win over Thai veteran Boonsak Ponsana in 41 minutes to add to the titles he won in 2007 and 2010.
Chong Wei was delighted with yesterday’s victory after the frustration of losing to Lin Dan in the Olympic final last month.
Lin Dan and his teammates boycotted the Tokyo tournament following a diplomatic row between China and Japan.
Lin Dan will lose the ranking points he earned for reaching last year’s Japan Open semi-finals while Chong Wei will reclaim his World No 1 spot when the weekly world ranking is released by Badminton World Federation on Thursday.