Tine Baun became the oldest All-England women’s singles winner of the open era when she beat the youngest finalist Ratchanok Intanon in an uniquely emotional final.
Baun supremacy: Tine Baun kisses the All England trophy after beating Intanon Ratchanok in the final yesterday. Pic/AFP
The 33-year-old’s 21-14, 16-21, 21-10 win over the 18-year-old brought to an end the career of one of the outstanding players of the past ten years, and the only woman to threaten Chinese dominance.
The Dane only decided to compete this year as a “last adventure” but instead, as seventh seed, surprised herself by winning the All-England title back for a third time.
Chen beats Lee
Meanwhile, in the men’s final, second seed Chen Long beat Lee Chong Wei 21-17, 21-18. Wei, the top seed, was attempting to win his third All England title.