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Chong Wei lands third Super Series Finals title

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei prepares to return a shot to Denmark's Peter Hoeg Gade during their men's singles final match at the 2010 Badminton World Federation Super Series finals at the Hsinchuang stadium in New Taipei City January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Lee Chong Wei, the world number one, kept his monopoly on badminton’s Super Series Finals title, sweeping aside Denmark’s Peter Gade 21-9 21-14 in Sunday’s final.

The Malaysian has dominated the season-ending tournament since its inception, remaining unbeaten and dropping only one game in its three-year history.

The final was a repeat of 2008 and Gade, now 34, had to play second fiddle again, bowing out in 40 minutes.

Lin Dan, China’s Olympic champion and former world number one, failed to qualify for the finals after missing various Super Series events during the season.

The women’s title went to Chinese world number two Wang Shixian who beat South Korea’s Bae Youn-joo, world ranked eight, 21-13 21-15.

The first leg of 2011 Super Series, the Malaysian Open, starts in Kuala Lumpur on Jan. 18.

Writing by Dave Thompson in London; Editing by Alastair Himmer. To query or comment on this story email