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Unstoppable Ying makes it six titles in a row

Tai Tzu Ying continues to sweep aside all in her path after she secured her sixth straight title at the weekend.

The Chinese Taipei shuttler triumphed in the Women’s Singles at the Badminton Asia Championships in Wuhan, China, coming from behind to beat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the final on April 30.

World number one Ying lost the first game 21-18, but stormed back in the second to win 21-11 and level the match.

And the 22-year-old continued this momentum in the deciding game, a tighter affair which ended with Ying winning 21-18.

The trophy is the latest in a hot streak for Ying, who has won 29 of her last 30 matches. This title comes on the back of wins at the OUE Singapore Open, CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open, YONEX All England Open, Dubai Superseries and YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open – a run that first started in November.

Elsewhere, reigning Olympic champion Chen Long defeated legendary compatriot Lin Dan in the final of the men’s singles.

Lin edged a thrilling first game 23-21, but Chen regrouped and ultimately secured a comfortable victory, taking the second 21-11 and the deciding game 21-10.

China also enjoyed success in the mixed doubles, with Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong lifting their fourth title of the season in their sixth final.

The pair triumphed over Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai 21-18, 21-11, adding to their YONEX All England Open, YONEX-SUNRISE India Open and OUE Singapore Open crowns.

Japanese duo Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi won their first championship of the season, beating Korea’s Kim Hye Rin and Yoo Hae Won 21-19, 16-21, 21-10.

And in an all-China final for the men’s doubles title, Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen held off the challenge of Wang Yilyu and Huang Kaixiang, running out 21-14, 21-12 winners.