World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia beat rival Lin Dan of China 22-20, 16-21, 21-17 in the final of the Japan Open Super Series in Tokyo yesterday.
The victory foiled another Chinese clean-sweep of the five titles on offer following total domination at the China Masters last week and the world championships in Paris in August.
But China still ended 4-1 with triumphs in the women's singles, the men's and women's doubles and the mixed doubles. Chong Wei's success was some compensation for his shock defeat in the world championships where both he and Lin exited in the quarterfinals.
Olympic champion Lin got back on track a week ago with victory in the final of China Masters but yesterday he was out-toughed in an 80-minute marathon by Lee.
The Japan Open is the eighth of the 12-strong Super Series tournaments which culminate in the finals early next year. China's next big focus is the Asian Games in November.