We take a look back at another successful staging of the sport’s oldest event at the Barclaycard Arena. It was a tournament full of surprises and upsets, ending with Lin Dan, regarded as the greatest player of all time, winning his sixth YONEX All England title in emphatic style, Japan lifting two titles and Russia finishing the week by triumphing in the nation's biggest success in the sport.
PLAY OF THE TOURNAMENT
The Danes, Joachim Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen, may have beaten Chris and Gabby Adcock, who reached their first All England semi-final, but the match will be remembered for the best rally of the week.
It was a 53-stroke affair, the shuttle going to all corners with varying pace, ending with a clean winner and Danish euphoria. The Adcocks will be back!
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Without doubt Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov, who continued the giant-killing as the European champions became Russia’s first to reach the final of the YONEX All England. They took out Korea’s top seeds Lee and Yoo in the last four with boundless energy, then came from behind to deny Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa in another three-set thriller. Defeat for Japan was their third in All England finals.
UPSETS OF THE WEEK
This year’s YONEX All England will forever be remembered for a raft of upsets on each day. First, Malaysian Datuk Lee Chong Wei was sent packing in the first round, Chen Long, China’s holder, was beaten in the last 16, then defending champion Carolina Marin of Spain was ousted in her women’s semi-final.
QUOTES OF 2016 ALL ENGLAND
"I don't know!"
Lin Dan, when asked if this will be his last All England tournament
“I like to watch American horror and fantasy shows. Hero stories are my favourite and it really helps me to relax in this tough sport.”
China’s sensation Xue Song, below, on his off-court pursuits
"It feels amazing for me; I used to come here as a 12-year-old and I used to watch Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms and hoped that one day it could be me. So the fact that we’ve won our first match is massive for both of us."
Ben Lane after winning his first All England match with Jess Pugh
STATS OF THE TOURNAMENT
No top seeds contested Sunday’s five finals after world champion Marin was beaten in the last four as the YONEX All England continued to produce upsets.
Lin’s win was his sixth title, joining Frank Devlin (Ireland), Erland Kops (Denmark) and Rudy Hartono (Indonesia) to have won six or more.
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