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Super Tai calls for support in final

She’s there again! Few would have doubted Tai Tzu Ying’s ability to make the final once again at the YONEX All England Open, but she’s delivered on all her promise this week.

In the morning session on semi-final Saturday at badminton’s greatest show Tai faced off against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in a repeat of the 2018 final, with the Chinese Taipei star winning 21-13 10-21 21-8.

In a quick three-setter at 47 minutes, Tai drew first blood with a domineering performance in the first game before Yamaguchi – so good this week at Arena Birmingham – responded with an excellent second game.

But the two-time champion re-found her feet in spectacular style in the third, winning the first eight points to make it to her third straight All England final.

She said: “I always expect a tough match against Yamaguchi, she’s not an easy opponent to beat.

“I just feel very happy to make the final once again, I will do my best tomorrow in the final game.”

Tai has been in stunning form once again at the 109thedition of badminton’s oldest tournament, powering past Michelle Li, Beiwen Zhang and former world No.1 Saina Nehwal before meeting Yamaguchi.

But the pocket rocket from Japan can at least claim to be the first to take a set off the amazing Tai this week, as either Chen Yufei or Nozomi Okuhara will attempt to do in Sunday’s final.

Tai added: “I enjoy every match that I play at the YONEX All England. The facilities, the environment, it’s superb.

“I hope I can enjoy the final match tomorrow. I hope everyone can come out and support me!”