Lee Chong Wei enjoyed a week to remember, as the Malaysian badminton player became a father and helped his country to Axiata Cup glory.
The 30-year-old returned to court just two days after the birth of baby Kingston, and produced a faultless display to beat Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand.
His 21-12, 21-15 victory was the stand-out performance in a 3-1 team win for Malaysia, who lifted the biggest mixed team prize in their history with the win – as well as a cheque for $400,000.
“We have never won any major mixed team title – especially at home and I wanted to make sure that we nailed one for the home fans,” said Chong Wei after the event.
“Liew Daren or Chong Wei Feng could have played but the point was not guaranteed. We discussed it last night (Saturday) and I decided to play to help the team.”
Chong Wei, a two-time Olympic silver medallist and current world number one, believes that Kingston certainly brought him some luck on the court, and the shuttler was looking forward to getting back with his family as soon as possible.
“My son Kingston has brought me luck. Mew Choo and baby are still in the hospital and will be discharged tomorrow. I will be joining them in the hospital after this,” he added.
In the final’s other matches, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong earned an impressive 21-10, 21-17 win in the men’s doubles, whilst Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying were 21-16, 21-15 winners in the mixed doubles.
Sonia Cheah was the only player to miss out for Malaysia, with world number eight Ratchanok Intanon claiming Thailand's only point in a 16-21, 17-21 win at the Kuala Lumpar Badminton Stadium.