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Tai secures stunning hat-trick of Yonex All England titles

Tai Tzu-ying gained revenge for last year’s defeat in the final as she toppled world No.1 Chen Yufei to secure a hat-trick of Yonex All England titles.

The second seed glowed under the Arena Birmingham lights on Sunday, winning in two brilliant games to take a further step into the terrain of badminton greatness.

It was heartbreak for the Taiwanese player last year, however, who went down to a disappointing 17-21 17-21 defeat against the precocious Chen in the final.

But she more than made amends in the 2020 edition of the tournament, capping off a memorable week where she stormed to yet another BWF World Tour title.

“I’m very excited to be back at and to have won the Yonex All England,” she said.

“I’ve very familiar with playing against Chen as I’ve played against her so many times, and I’ve performed really well against her.

“Chen is a very skilful player who doesn’t tend to make very many mistakes.

“But I put her under pressure today, and I’m very happy that I was able to control the rallies well.

“I really like to play this tournament.”

Tai edged out the first game 21-19 in a close-fought encounter, before delivering a superb performance in the second to triumph 21-15.

And it completed a stunning trifecta of Yonex All England titles for the popular 25-year-old, who added to her 2017 and 2018 hegemony while enacting revenge against Chen.