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25 YEARS OF SPECIAL MOMENTS #1

The 2018 YONEX All England sees Birmingham hit a landmark 25 years of hosting the world's best badminton players in the city. 

To celebrate we have picked our top 25 moments from those 25 years - and will be serving each memory up to you on each day in the run up to Christmas Day.

 

Denmark have enjoyed many title winning moments in the 25 years of the YONEX All England in Birmingham – but few have united the badminton world as much as Tine Baun’s Championship win in 2013.

The Danish women’s singles superstar was no stranger to top step on the podium in Birmingham having been champion in 2008 and 2010 but her 2013 title win – her third in a 25 year long career on the world tour – carried extra significance.

    

It came on Tine’s swansong – her last international tournament before retirement.

A 33 year old Tine had made her intentions clear that the YONEX All England would be her last showing on the world tour some 5 months earlier at the Denmark Open – and the Danish fans filled Birmingham to celebrate her glittering career.

And she did not let the army of support down with a classy display to beat the fast rising Ratchanok Intanon 21-14 16-21, 21-10 in the final.

She dropped to her knees on claiming match-point and let her emotions spill out onto the court before tearfully saying a fond farewell as she clutched the trophy close.

And then finally, draped in the red and white of Denmark’s flag, the tears fled on the podium.

Always, and forever, a YONEX All England favourite.