As it happened: All England Open semifinals: Tai Tzu, Momota in final

Catch all the updates from the semifinals of the All England Open Badminton Championships 2019 in Birmingham. Tai Tzu Ying beats Akane Yamaguchi, enters final, Kento Momota vs Ka Long Angus; Yufei Chen vs Nozomi Okuhara; Viktor Axelsen vs Yuqi Shi

Tai Tzu Ying beats Aane Yamaguchi, progresses to the final of All England Open Badminton Championship.   -  AFP

Welcome to Sportstar's live blog  of the All England Open Badminton Championships. It is the semifinal day and first up will be Tai Tzu Ying taking on Akane Yamaguchi. We now have Kento Momota taking on Ka Long Angus.


8.05 pm: Ka Long Angus saves one match point but Momota doesn't give him any more chances. He finishes the second game 21-11 and wins the match to progress to the final. He will play either Viktor Axelsen or Shi Yuqi, who face off in an hour from now.

8.02 pm: Match point to Momota! 20-10 to the Japanese.

7.59 pm: Momota leads 17-8 in the second game and is inching closer to a win here.

7.53 pm: At the mid-game break in the second, Kento Momota has the lead at 11-5.

7.48 pm: The second game promises to be as thrilling as the first one and it is Kento Momota with the lead, this time with a 7-2 lead.

7.40 pm: Kento Momota wins the first game 21-19 against Ka Long Angus.

7.39 pm: At 20-19, Kento Momota has the game point in the first game.

7.29 pm: An interesting encounter between the duo. At 14-all, the players are dishing out high quality badminton.

7.25 pm: Momota crawls back into the game. He reduces the deficit to 12-13.

7.20 pm: At the mid-game break in the first, Ka Long Angus leads Momota 11-7.

7.12 pm: At 2-2, it is all square in the first game of the men's first semifinal between Momota and Long.

7.07 pm: It is now time for Kento Momota vs Ka Long Angus.

7.03 pm: Tai Tzu Ying does it. She beats Akane Yamaguchi 21-13, 10-21, 21-8 in the final game to progress to the final of the All England Open.

7.02 pm: Tai Tzu Ying is just one point away from a final berth.

7.01 pm: AT 18-5, Tai Tzu Ying is running away with the match against Yamaguchi.

6.59 pm: A 14-4 lead for Tai Tzu Ying and she is on course for a place in the final of the All England Open.

6.56 pm: At the mid-game interval, it is a 11-3 lead for Tai Tzu Ying over Akane Yamaguchi.

6.55 pm: Tai Tzu Ying has a 9-3 lead over Yamaguchi.

6.51 pm: Tai Tzu Ying has come all guns blazing. She has raced to a 6-0 lead in the third game.

6.47 pm: Akane Yamaguchi wins the second game 21-10 and forces the decider.

6.47 pm: At 20-10, game point for Akane Yamaguchi.

6.45 pm: The Japanese is running away with the second game. She has got her game plan absolutely right. Yamaguchi leads 18-8.

6.42 pm: At 11-7, Akane Yamaguchi has the lead in the mid-game break in the second game. She needs to win the game and force the decider.

6.38 pm: For the first time in the contest, Akane Yamaguchi takes the lead at 7-5.

6.37 pm: Akane Yamaguchi is making a comeback. She restores parity at 5-5 in the second game.

6.35 pm: At 4-2 Tai Tzu Ying has the early lead in the second game as well.

6.31 pm: She does it in style. Tai Tzu Ying wins the first game 21-13 over Akane Yamaguchi.

6.30 pm: At 20-13, Tai Tzu Ying is hot favourite to seal the first game.

6.27 pm: After losing six points on the trot, Akane Yamaguchi manages to win one. She crawls to 8-15.

6.26 pm: The break seems to have done a world of good for Tai Tzu Ying. She has extended her lead to 14-7. And make it 15-7 by the time, you read the update.

6.24 pm: At the mid-game break in the first, it is Tai Tzu Ying with the lead at 11-7. Yamaguchi gets a breather to chalk out a different strategy.

6.20 pm: Akane Yamaguchi is trying her best to reduce the deficit. She wins a couple of points but it is Ying who has the lead at 7-4.

6.18 pm: Tai Tzu Ying takes the early lead. She takes the first 3 points on the trot and follows it up with another couple after losing a point. Ying leads 5-1.

6.10 pm: Tai Tzu Ying and Akane Yamaguchi are on court. They are warming up.

The Indonesian duo of Ahsan and Setiawan have won 21-19, 21-16.

The doubles match between Takeshi Kamura - Keigo Sonoda and Mohammad Ahsan - Hendra Setiawan is underway. The singles players will take to the court next.

It was horrid day for India on Friday with both the Indians, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal, biting the dust. You can read the report here.