Kento Momota vs. Viktor Axelsen in All England final

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Kento Momota is one win away from his first ever All England title. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)
Kento Momota is one win away from his first ever All England title. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)

Birmingham: The reigning World Champion Kento Momota of Japan will take on the 2017 World Champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the prestigious All England final on Sunday.

In the All England semi-finals, World No. 1 Momota turned on the style with some fierce smashes to seal the first set against a remarkably resilient Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong, winning 21-19.

Momota barely looked in trouble as he won the second set easily with 21-11.

On the other hand, Viktor Axelsen and the men’s singles defending champion Shi Yuqi were pushing each other to the limit in a first two sets, before Shi started to run out of gas in the decider.

Axelsen squandered an 18-13 advantage in the first set to allow Shi levelled the score at 19-19 and 20-20 before winning the game with 22-20. The Dane started strong at the beginning of second set, but he seemed giving up the game after making several unforced errors at mid-point of the game, losing 13-21.

However, the No. 6 seed from Denmark quickly regrouped in the decider as he went on to close out the match with a 21-9 win against No. 2 seed Shi.

The All England women’s singles final is also going to be an interesting one, as No. 1 seed Tai Tzu Ying will face No. 3 seed Chen Yufei, where Tai is dominating their career meeting record with 11-0.

Tai bounced back from dropping a set to beat No. 4 seed Japanese Akane Yamaguchi 21-13, 10-21, 21-8 in the semi-finals while Chen Yufei herself didn’t face much resistance from another Japanese, No. 2 seed Nozomi Okuhara, seeing off Okuhara in straight games 21-17, 21-11.

Meanwhile, China’s Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan will play Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara of Japan in the women’s doubles final.

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