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Highlights All England Open 2018, Final: Shi Yuqi wins maiden title; Tai Tzu Ying defends singles championship

Catch the live score and updates from the All England Open 2018 finals. Akane Yamaguchi takes on defending champion Tai Tzu Ying. Lin Dan faces a stern test in Shi Yuqi

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Highlights All England Open 2018, Final: Shi Yuqi wins maiden title; Tai Tzu Ying defends singles championship

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Mar 19, 2018 - 00:18 (IST)

That's it from here. Thanks for joining Firstpost  for the coverage of the All England Open 2018 that saw the women's singles title being retained by the World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying while last year's men's singles runner-up Shi Yuqi beat Lin Dan to win the coveted title

Good night!!

Mar 19, 2018 - 00:16 (IST)

Marcus Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya win men's doubles title

Mar 18, 2018 - 23:00 (IST)

Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter-Juhl win title 

Mar 18, 2018 - 22:10 (IST)

Shi Yuqi speaking after his maiden All England title

Mar 18, 2018 - 21:58 (IST)

Highlight of the men's singles final 

Mar 18, 2018 - 21:22 (IST)

Shi Yuqi lifts his maiden All England Open title

Mar 18, 2018 - 21:13 (IST)

17-9! Lin Dan has made his way back into the match but it does seem a case of too little too late as Shi Yuqi seems to be on his way to win the All England men's singles title

Mar 18, 2018 - 21:06 (IST)

Shi Yuqi leads 11-2!

Mar 18, 2018 - 21:04 (IST)

8-1! Shi Yuqi has opened up an early lead in the decider. Lin Dan looks uncharacteristically out of sorts in this game and the 2017 runner-up Shi Yuqi would fancy his chances of going one step better in this edition 

Mar 18, 2018 - 21:02 (IST)

Lin Dan wins the 2nd game 21-16! to enforce the decider  

Report: India's star shuttler PV Sindhu lost to Japanese second seed Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-finals of the All England Open BWF World Tour Super 1000 on Saturday.

The Rio Olympic Games silver medallist lost 21-19, 19-21, 18-21 in an hour and 19 minutes to Yamaguchi, who will face top seed and defending champion Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women's singles final on Sunday.

It was Yamaguchi's fourth win in 10 meetings with Sindhu and she fully deserved it for the way she took Sindhu head on.

Highlights All England Open 2018 Final Shi Yuqi wins maiden title Tai Tzu Ying defends singles championship

Tai Tzu Ying vs Akane Yamaguchi; Lin Dan vs Shi Yuqi
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In the first game between Sindhu and Yamaguchi at the Arena Birmingham, the Indian made it a mere formality by taking a 16-8 lead before easing up.

But Yamaguchi refused to surrender, equalising at the 17-point mark before Sindhu realised that the job is half done. The Indian then secured two points to lead 19-17 before winning the game 21-19.

In the second game, Yamaguchi consistently put pressure on Sindhu and the latter always had to play the catch-up game. Yamaguchi was up 12-9 but the Indian fought back and equalised with straight three points.

But the Asian Games medallist Yamaguchi managed to move ahead and led 18-14 before again the Indian showed her fighting ability to force Yamaguchi to sweat. The Japanese won 21-19.

Sindhu proved to be stronger at the beginning of the decisive third game. The three-time World Championships medallist dictated the play and raced to a 13-7 lead. But Yamaguchi refused to give up, pulling through difficult moments to equalize at the 14-point mark to make it an open game.

Later, Sindhu led 18-17 but the Japanese snatched four consecutive points to clinch the game 21-18 and storm into her maiden All England final.

In the other semi-final, World No 1 Tai got past Chinese eight seed Chen Yufei 21-15, 20-22, 21-13 in an hour and four minutes.

Tai and Yamaguchi have faced 10 times before, with both of them winning five times.

In the men's singles action, Chinese seventh seed and last year's runner-up Shi Yuqi defeated South Korean fifth seed Son Wan Ho 21-17, 21-14 in 45 minutes.

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