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Shi upsets Lin to win All-England title
    2018-03-20  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

SEVENTH-SEEDED Shi Yuqi beat six-time champion Lin Dan 21-19, 16-21, 21-9 Sunday in a major upset at the All-England Championships to win the men’s singles title.

The 22-year-old Shi was given time and room to make use of his speed and well-disguised overhead attacks against badminton great Lin in the all-Chinese final.

The 34-year-old left-hander Lin would have been the oldest player in 63 years to win the title.

Shi had a one-sided loss to Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in last year’s final.

Lin’s play revived in the second game before Shi was allowed to grow in confidence.

“I was more patient and controlled my pace, which helped me get the match back,” said Shi. “I am quite young and in good condition, and this all played a part.”

Lin said he was pleased to still be playing “at this level,” adding that “I feel good about myself and I want to congratulate my younger opponent.”

Lin became the first player to appear in 10 All-England men’s singles finals, and it was the first all-Chinese men’s final in a decade. But it was the only title which China, once dominant in all events, was able to win.

Unseeded Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino became the first Japanese pair to win the mixed doubles title. They beat fifth-seeded Chinese pair, Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, 15-21, 22-20, 21-16.

“I’m happy that we are the first winners of the mixed doubles here for Japan, but we are not going to be satisfied by this result,” said Higashino, 21.

The young pairing are still only 48th in the world rankings.

Top-ranked Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei retained the women’s singles title after beating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 22-20, 21-13, the first player to defend the championship since Lin Dan’s wife, Xie Xingfang, completed a hat trick of titles in 2007.

Tai wasn’t pleased with her performance despite winning.

“I made a lot of mistakes, and in the end I just had to run with her,” Tai said, with reference to taking a more patient approach with one of the game’s most tenacious movers. “I would like to come back again next year and play better.”

Top seed Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia also defended their men’s doubles title with a 21-18, 21-17 victory over Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

The women’s doubles title went to Denmark’s Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Cristinna Pedersen, who defeated Japanese duo Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota 21-19, 21-18.(SD-Xinhua)

 

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