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

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

  • 00:16 (IST)

    Marcus Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya win men's doubles title

  • 23:00 (IST)

    Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter-Juhl win title 

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Shi Yuqi speaking after his maiden All England title

  • 21:58 (IST)

    Highlight of the men's singles final 

  • 21:22 (IST)

    Shi Yuqi lifts his maiden All England Open title

  • 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

  • 21:06 (IST)

    Shi Yuqi leads 11-2!

  • 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 

  • 21:02 (IST)

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

  • 20:56 (IST)

    19-16! With the number of unforced errors from Shi Yuqi and the elevated defensive ability of Lin Dan, this Final seems to be on its way into a decider 

  • 20:51 (IST)

    17-15! How did THE LIN DAN manage to reach that smash and return it with immaculate perfection to win the point and open up a two-point lead!

  • 20:48 (IST)

    13-13! Lin Dan has been having troubles returning those straight smashes from Shi Yuqi. That particular shot from his compatriot has troubled Lin Dan the most 

  • 20:43 (IST)

    Lin Dan leads 11-9! in the second game

  • 20:36 (IST)

    5-5! Shi Yuqi is making a lot more unforced errors in this 2nd game that has allowed Lin Dan to level the scores again and again whenever Shi Yuqi smashes his way into the lead 

  • 20:29 (IST)

    Shi Yuqi has finally managed to wrestle out the opening game 21-19! It was looking particularly tough for last year's runner-up against Lin Dan who was hitting some brilliant angled shots towards the end of that last game. 

  • 20:21 (IST)

    16-13! Shi Yuqi continues to hold a slight lead over Lin Dan. Every time Lin Dan has orchestrated a comeback, Shi Yuqi has managed to smash his way ahead 

  • 20:13 (IST)

    11-9! Two back-to-back straight smashes gives Shi Yuqi the lead going into the mid-game interval

  • 20:10 (IST)

    9-6!  Shi Yuqi has opened up a slender lead in the opening game. Shi Yuqi was last year's runner-up losing to Lee Chong Wei in the final. En route to the final, Lin Dan had defeated Lee Chong Wei in the quarter-final 

  • 20:05 (IST)

    3-3! The Final is off to a cautious start as both players are trading points off their serves. It has been an interesting battle so far between the straight smashes of Shi Yuqi and the famed defence of Lin Dan 

  • 19:59 (IST)

    In the head-to-head record, Shi Yuqi leads 2-1 over Lin Dan 

  • 19:57 (IST)

    It is time for the men's singles final match between last year's runner-up Shi Yuqi and six-time champion Lin Dan

  • 19:56 (IST)

    Winners of the mixed doubles title

  • 19:54 (IST)

    World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying successfully defends her All England Open title winning the final against World No 2 Akane Yamaguchi 22-20, 21-13!

  • 19:38 (IST)

    Tai Tzu leads 17-10!

  • 19:36 (IST)

    16-10! Yamaguchi is mounting a comeback of sorts, but will it be a case of too little too late as Tai Tzu is just five points away from successfully defending her title 

  • 19:32 (IST)

    Tai Tzu leads 11-5!

  • 19:25 (IST)

    4-1! Tai Tzu Ying has left Akane Yamaguchi on all fours on more than one occasion in this final. The defending champion has been relentless over the past few points mixing her attacking smashes with her deceptive drop shots to unsettle the Japanese shuttler in the early stages of the 2nd game 

  • 19:23 (IST)

    What a turnaround!! World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying wins the opening game 22-20!  

  • 19:19 (IST)

    20-20! What a rally!!!Tai Tzu wins the point after an intense exchange of shots to level the scores at a very crucial moment. 

  • 19:15 (IST)

    16-16! Both players have done one service error each and the scores are level once again. The opening game continues to be relentless 

  • 19:09 (IST)

    11-11! Tai Tzu has won all the three points post the mid-game interval to level the scores once again in this opening game 

  • 19:03 (IST)

    6-3! Yamaguchi has found her groove pretty early in this match as she mounts a comeback from 0-2. 

  • 19:00 (IST)

    2-0! Tai Tzu draws first blood as she wins the first point of the match with a winner towards the deep-end of Yamaguchi's court. The Taiwanese follows it up with a quick rally that ends with Yamaguchi failing to send the shuttle across the net

  • 18:56 (IST)

    In the head-to-head record, Tai Tzu holds a slight advantage (5-4) 

  • 18:55 (IST)

    It is time for the women's singles FINAL. World No 1 and defending champion Tai Tzu Ying takes on World No 2 Akane Yamaguchi

  • 18:44 (IST)

    Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino become the first-ever Japanese mixed doubles pair to win a title at this level of BWF tournament. They beat China's Zheng/Huang 15-21, 22-20, 21-16. 

  • 18:30 (IST)

    The service errors are costing the Chinese pair some crucial points. Watanabe/Higashimo go into the mid-game break of the decider with a 4-point advantage

  • 18:24 (IST)

    The mixed doubles final goes into the decider

  • 18:05 (IST)

    The Chinese pair of Zheng and Huang won the 1st game 21-15!

  • 17:43 (IST)

    The doubles match is underway now between the fifth seeded Chinese pair and the unseeded Japanese pair 

  • 17:37 (IST)

    Today's fixtures

    Mixed doubles -  Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino vs Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong 

    Women's singles - Tai Tzu Ying vs Akane Yamaguchi

    Men's singles - Lin Dan vs Shi Yuqi

    Women's doubles - Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota vs Kamilla Rytter-Juhl/Christinna Pedersen

    Men's doubles - Marcus Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya vs Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen 

  • 17:04 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to Firstpost's coverage of the All England Open 2018 finals. 

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.

Tai Tzu Ying vs Akane Yamaguchi; Lin Dan vs Shi Yuqi Image Courtesy: AFP

Tai Tzu Ying vs Akane Yamaguchi; Lin Dan vs Shi Yuqi
Image Courtesy: AFP

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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Updated Date: Mar 19, 2018 00:18:16 IST

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