China's Li Shifeng bags the men's singles title at All England Open Badminton Championship

China’s Li Shifeng bags the men’s singles title at All England Open Badminton Championship

China’s ace shuttler Li Shifeng has carved his name into history. The badminton player has won the men’s singles finals against Shi Yuqi at the All England Open Badminton Championships.

Li Shifeng won in two straight sets, 26-24 and 21-5, to win the gold medal in the all-Chinese final. Shifeng was elated with the win. In the post-match interview, he stated, “I am very excited. I don’t really have the words to express my feeling for the moment.”

He further added, “It is a huge payback for all the hard work I’ve put in. Although I’ve got the All England title, I would like to aim from more titles.”

In other news, South Korea’s An Se Young bagged the women’s title. An Se Young beat Chen Yu Fei of China 21-17 10-21 21-19 to bag another singles title. “I’m so tremendously happy,” said An, 21, who had knocked Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan out in the semi-finals.

The All England event, with more than 155 matches and over 50 hours of badminton, contributes towards potential Olympics qualification, with rankings announced on April 30, deciding which players will go to the Paris Games in 2024.

All England Open Badminton Championships

The All England Open Badminton Championship to begin from today

One of badminton’s most prestigious tournaments, the All England Open Badminton Championships, is slated to begin today and conclude on March 19th. The tournament is happening in Birmingham, England.

The first BWF World Tour Super 1000 event of the 2023 season will see all the top stars in action, with full draws of 32 players and pairs in all five events. Many high-profile shuttles like Viktor Axelsen and Yamaguchi Akane are the top seeds for the event. Among the Indian players, shuttles like Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Lakshya Sen, PV Sindhu, and Saina Nehwal will make their presence felt at the tournament.

Where to watch the All England Open Badminton Championships live in India?

The All England Open Badminton Championships will be live telecasted on BWF TV, the official YouTube channel of BWF. The tournament will also be telecasted on Sports18, Voot, and JioCinema.

What is Team India’s squad for the Badminton Championships?

Men’s singles- Main draw: Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy

Women’s singles- Main draw: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu

Men’s doubles- Main draw: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty (6), MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila

Women’s doubles- Main draw: Gayatri Gopichand/Treesa Jolly, Ashwini Bhat K/Shikha Gautam

Mixed doubles- Main draw: Ishaan Bhatnagar/Tanisha Crasto

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