Malaysian World No.1 Lee Chong Wei’s quest for a hat-trick of All England Championship titles came to a disappointing and emotional end after he had to retire from the final against Chinese World Champion Lin Dan.
Lee was 19-21, 2-6 down when he was forced to stop due to right shoulder injury that had required medical attention earlier in the match.
This is Lin’s fifth All England title, which he had earlier won in 2004, ’06, ’07 and ’09.
World number one Wang Yihan crashed to a shock defeat in the women’s singles final as her compatriot Li Xuerui snatched the famous title 21-13, 21-19 here on Sunday.
“This is my greatest win and it is very important to me,” Li said. “It’s a famous title, and different from the other Super Series.”