All England Open: Momota, Yufei Chen secure C'ships

Kento Momota had to show fight against Viktor Axelsen, while Yufei Chen secured a relatively comfortable victory against Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying.

Kento Momota with the trophy and the medal after beating Viktor Axelsen in the final.   -  AP

Kento Momota came through a men's singles final that went the distance, beating Viktor Axelsen 21-11, 15-21, 21-15 to win the title. Yufei Chen of China won the women's singles final, beating pre-final favourite Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in straight games, 21-17, 21-17.

Momota secures hard-fought title win

Momota produced a sensational comeback from being 4-0 down at the start of the decisive third game, which he eventually won 21-15, to win the men's singles title, beating Axelsen 21-11, 15-21, 21-15.

As it happened

Momota won the first game quite comfortably before Axelsen fought back by winning the second game with a six-point cushion. The Dane then carried the momentum into the third game and took a four-point lead before Momota fought back to first cut the gap to two points at 5-7 before taking a two-point lead himself at 11-9.

He then asserted complete control and won by the same margin of points that he lost the second game by.

Chen stuns Tai Tzu Ying

Yufei Chen produced a stirring display to beat defending champion Tai Tzu Ying 21-17, 2-17 to win the women's final of the All England Open Badminton Championships 2019 on Sunday. The win marked Chen's first win against Tai Tzu in 12 attempts.

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Yufei Chen (right) secured the All England title with a straight-games victory over Tai Tzu Ying in the final.   -  Reuters

 

Top seed Tai Tzu went into the tie as the undoubted favourite but she was left stunned by a resilient Chen. The 21-year-old Chinese went on a spree to lead 8-4 and then won five of the next six points to cruise to a 13-5 lead. Tai Tzu took her time to settle down and clawed her way back into the tie at 15-18. However, Chen held on to take the first game 21-17.

Tai Tzu looked much sharper in the second game, but her frequent unforced errors let her down. She led 8-7 at one point, but there was little she could do to stop Chen. The Chinese did her homework and had Tai's game completely figured out, anticipating almost all of her opponents notorious disguised shots. 

Tai did manage to draw level at 17-17, but Chen won the next four points to cap off a stunning win.

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