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Tai Tzu Ying makes it back-to-back YONEX All England Open titles

Tai Tzu Ying is now the two-time YONEX All England Open champion.

The 23-year-old from Chinese Taipei delivered an excellent performance on finals day at the 108th edition of the world’s oldest badminton tournament, withstanding a spirited display from Akane Yamaguchi to triumph 22-20 21-13.

The women’s singles game is fiercely competitive at present and so it would prove right up until the final in Birmingham, with the top seed harnessing every bit of her talent to overcome the second seed.

The women’s singles title has changed hands between nations for the last five years but Chinese Taipei can now celebrate back-to-back successes for the world number one.

The two finalists were evenly-matched throughout the first game, with Tai praising her opponent’s speed around the court and shedding insight into how she came back from 20-19 down.

“Compared to the game yesterday, I think I made more errors,” said the All England champion.

“At that point when I was behind, I think I made more errors but when I was 20-19 down. I told myself not to give up, not to lose the match like this.

“I didn’t think I could finish the match quickly. All I could do was to be patient, deliver a good performance and keep running with her!

“I’m happy to win here again. It feels really good this time and I really enjoy playing in the All England.

“I think from day one, every time I stepped on court, I heard the crowd cheering for me. It makes me really happy and to this day, they’ve always been cheering for me."

Once she’d gotten through that first-set tie-break, Tai only got stronger, seeing out the second game convincingly, as has been her style for much of the week in Birmingham.

The Chinese Taipei youngster defeated plenty of classy opponents on the way to Sunday’s final.

Saina Nehwal, Busanan Ongbamrungphan, Aya Ohori and Chen Yufei all did as much as they could but Tai was taken to three sets only once – in the semi-final against Chen.

Judging from her performances in Birmingham this week, not many would bet against Tai holding on to the world number one spot for the foreseeable future, or against her winning more titles at the All England Open.

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