“I was just being more patient and trying to control my pace”, said the champion Shi Yuqi, All England Badminton Tournament. The final took place at Birmingham on the last Sunday. His opponent was the Chinese star, Lin Dan. Shi Yuqi defeated Lin Dan by 21-19, 16-21, 21-9 sets which were meant to be formidable. After winning the match, he just compelled to forget the past where he lost against Malaysian star Lee Chong Wei.
The absence of Lin Dan’s aggressive mode gave Shi Yuqi the confidence to win this final match. Hard working, swiftness and aggressive play helped him to beat Lin Dan who is said to be best badminton player of all ages.
In the history of 63 years, Lin Dan was the oldest player in male category of All England Badminton tournament. He lost his rhythm after winning the second set. Lin said that he was satisfied with his performances as a player of 35 years old. His real age is 34 years though. Lin is the first man who has been playing All England Badminton finals in the single-male category for the last 10 years. He also has been playing all Chinese male tournament for a decade. Lin congratulated his young opponent Shi Yuqi on his victory.
Besides, in the female-single category, Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying preserved her championship. She had been preserving her championship for the last 10 years. But she is not happy with her achievements. She defeated Akane Yamaguchi from Japan by 22-20, 21-13 set. It is mentioned that both Tai Tzu-ying and Akane Yamaguchi are respectively first and second in world women’s single. Tai Tzu-ying wished to play good in the next year.
The All England Badminton tournament was first started in 1899. This year it took place in Birmingham, England. 17 countries participated in this tournament. The prize amount was fixed for 10 million US dollar which was divided into 12 steps. It is the world’s oldest tournament. At first, there were no single events. Till 1977, it was an unofficial tournament.
From 1899-1901, the tournament had been held at the HQ of the London Scottish Rifles which is situated at Birmingham Gate. The tournament has been held at eight venues and from 1994 it is now played at Arena Birmingham.