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World No. 1 Taiwanese successfully defends All England Open title

2018/03/18 23:29:29

Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎)/CNA file photo

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) Taiwan's world number one, Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎), became the first athlete to defend the women's singles All England Open title in the last 10 years by defeating world number two Akane Yamaguchi at the 2018 Yonex All England Open Sunday.

Tai defeated Yamaguchi 22-20, 21-13.

The two have competed 10 times recently, of which each player won an equal number of five matches each.

The first game saw the two struggle to keep a lead as the scores were kept very close until when a tie was made at 20-20, Tai scored two straight points to win 22-20.

Tai cruised over her opponent in the second game, at one point with a 7-point lead, and when the score reached 18-13, Tai scored three straight points to win 21-13.

Tai also won the 2017 Yonex All England Open, becoming the first Taiwanese to ever do at the event.

The previous athlete who successfully defended the Yonex All England Open women's singles title was Xie Xingfang (謝杏芳) of China, who won for three consecutive years from 2005 to 2007.

The 2018 Yonex All England Open was held March 14-18 at Arena Birmingham in England.

(By Lee Chin-wei and William Yen)
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