Six in a Row for Tai – Badminton Asia Championships 2017: Finals

Six in a Row for Tai – Badminton Asia Championships 2017: Finals

Tai Tzu Ying’s magical season continued to hold its spell as she won her sixth straight title on Sunday. The Chinese Taipei star pocketed the Women’s Singles crown at the Badminton Asia Championships 2017 in Wuhan beating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.

Tai has been on a tournament-winning streak since the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open in late November. The winning streak included the Yonex All England, the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open and the OUE Singapore Open before she claimed her first Asian crown. Yamaguchi took the first game before Tai stormed back: 18-21 21-11 21-18 for her 29th win from her last 30 matches.

Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong won their fourth title this season in their sixth final. The Chinese had earlier won the All England, the India Open and the Singapore Open. On Sunday, Lu and Huang were too strong for Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai, 21-18 21-11.

Last year’s runner-up Chen Long (featured image) beat senior compatriot Lin Dan for the Men’s Singles crown. Chen lost a close first game but regrouped and his superior fitness showed as he eventually cruised through, 21-23 21-11 21-10.

Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi won their season’s first crown. The Japanese defended their Women’s Doubles title, beating Korea’s Kim Hye Rin/Yoo Hae Won 21-19 16-21 21-10.

Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen held off Chinese compatriots Wang Yilyu/Huang Kaixiang in the Men’s Doubles final, 21-14 21-12.

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