Lin Dan (China) earned his sixth All England badminton championships (Men) beating Chinese teammate Tian Houwei 21-9, 21-10 in the final.
The sixth championship by badminton’s greatest player came 12 years after his first, and four years after his last, when he went into semi-retirement for two years.
In the women’s final later, Wang Shixian of China will be vying for her third title, and out to spoil Japanese opponent Nozomi Okuhara’s 21st birthday.
The All England Open Badminton Championships, or simply All England, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious badminton tournaments.
Played annually, it developed after the success of the world’s first badminton tournament held in Guildford in 1898.
The tournament was successfully organised on April 4, 1899, however only three categories (Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles) were originally staged.
Both Men’s and Women’s Singles were added the following year. The first three tournaments were named “The Open English Championships”. It was eventually considered (especially after the first Thomas Cup series in 1949) the unofficial world championship of the sport until 1977 when the International Badminton Federation launched its official championships. Since 1984 the tournament has been exclusively sponsored by Yonex.