Shi upsets Lin to win All England badminton final

Denmark's Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Padersen, right, pose with their trophies after defeating Japan's Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota in the women's doubles final match at the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham, England, Sunday March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
China's Shi Yuqi returns a shot to China's Lin Dan during the men's singles final match at the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham, England, Sunday March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying poses with her trophy after defeating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the women's singles final match at the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham, England, Sunday March 18, 2018. (AP Photo)
China's Shi Yuqi poses with his trophy after defeating China's Lin Dan in the men's singles final match at the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham, England, Sunday March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
China's Shi Yuqi reacts after defeating China's Lin Dan, right, in the men's singles final match at the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham, England, Sunday March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Winner China's Shi Yuqi, right, and second placed Lin Dan, also from China, stand on the podium after the men's singles final match at the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham, England, Sunday March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
China's Shi Yuqi poses with his trophy after defeating China's Lin Dan in the men's singles final match at the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham, England, Sunday March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Winner Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying, right, and second placed Japan's Akane Yamaguchi pose on the podium after the women's singles final match at the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham, England, Sunday March 18, 2018. (AP Photo)
Winners Denmark's Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Padersen, right, poseon the podium with second placed Japan's Yuki Fukushima, left, and Sayaka Hirota after the women's doubles final match at the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham, England, Sunday March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Indonesia's Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, left, celebrate after defeating Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the men's doubles final match at the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham, England, Sunday March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
China's Shi Yuqi poses with his trophy after defeating China's Lin Dan in the men's singles final match at the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham, England, Sunday March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

BIRMINGHAM, England — Seventh-seeded Shi Yuqi beat six-time champion Lin Dan 21-19, 16-21, 21-9 Sunday in a major upset at the All England Championships to win the men's singles title.

The 22-year-old Shi was given time and room to make use of his speed and well-disguised overhead attacks against badminton great Lin in the all-Chinese final.

The 34-year-old left-hander Lin would have been the oldest player in 63 years to win the title.

Shi had a one-sided loss to Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in last year's final.

Lin's play revived in the second game before Shi was allowed to grow in confidence.

"I was more patient and controlled my pace, which helped me get the match back," said Shi. "I am quite young and in good condition, and this all played a part."

Lin said he was pleased to still be playing "at this level," adding that "I feel good about myself and I want to congratulate my younger opponent."

Lin became the first player to appear in 10 All England men's singles finals, and it was the first all-Chinese men's final for a decade. But it was the only title which China, once dominant in all events, was able to win.

Top-ranked Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan became the first women's singles player in more than a decade to successfully defend her title. Tai saved a game point in the first game before beating second-ranked Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 22-20, 21-13.

Tai wasn't pleased with her performance despite winning.

"I made a lot of mistakes, and in the end I just had to run with her," Tai said, with reference to taking a more patient approach with one of the game's most tenacious movers. "I would like to come back again next year and play better."

Unseeded Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino became the first Japanese pair to win the mixed doubles title. They beat fifth-seeded Chinese pair, Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, 15-21, 22-20, 21-16.

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