While some may have thought that Malaysia’s top national singles shuttler, Lee Chong Wei is surely heading for retirement after his early round exits in his last three tournaments, the 33 year-old has proven otherwise by clinching his first superseries title at the Yonex French Open since making a comeback this May after an eight month break.

Although it has been five days since he celebrated his 33rd birthday, the victory in France is surely a belated gift for the world number one who has been waiting for this precious moment of standing at the top of the podium. Chong Wei last won a title at the US and Canada Open back in June. In addition, his current world ranking of 19 is expected to improve after his win yesterday.

Chong Wei defeated Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in the finals yesterday, 21/13, 21/18, hence giving him the confidence he needed ahead of the Rio Olympics next year. Despite suffering a slump in the last few months, the former world number one was only more determined to perform his best in Paris. He had earlier overcame Viktor Axelsen and Wang Zhengming of China en route to the finals.