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Viktor Axelsen, Tai Tzu Ying win All England titles

While Viktor Axelsen, a former world champion, beat top-seeded Chou Tien-chen for the title, Tai Tzu Ying overcame top-seeded Chen Yu Fei to claim her third All England title.

By: PTI | Birmingham | March 15, 2020 10:59:38 pm
Viktor Axelsen of Denmark poses with his trophy after defeating Chou Tien-chen in the final. (Source: PTI Photo)

Viktor Axelsen of Denmark claimed his maiden men’s singles title at the All England Championship, while two-time former winner Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei regained the women’s singles crown, here on Sunday.

The second-seeded Axelsen, a former world champion, beat Chinese Taipei’s top seed Chou Tien-chen 21-13 21-14 in a lop-sided final to add another feather to his hat.

Former world no 1 Tai Tzu, playing in her fourth straight All England final, overcame top-seeded Chinese Chen Yu Fei 21-19 21-15 to claim her third title at the prestigious tournament.

The season’s first Super 1000 World Tour tournament is the last event before the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) suspension of all World Tour and sanctioned tournaments.

The world body took the decision owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed over 6000 people and infected nearly 1,60,000 globally.

Third-seeded Japanese Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota beat China’s Du Yue and Li Yin Hui 21-13 21-15 to claim the women’s doubles crown, while Indonesian pair of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti defeated Thailand combination of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai 21-15 17-21 21-8 to win the mixed doubles title.

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