RISING BADMINTON STAR Shi Yuqi
Badminton player defeated compatriot and six-time champion Lin Dan to become the fourth different winner in 10 years at the All England Open Badminton Championships in Birmingham, the United Kingdom, on March 18.
Shi is also the third member of the Chinese national team to win the All England men’s singles after Lin Dan and Chen Long.
The seventh seed, beaten by Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the 2017 final, has had a superb run at the competition, defeating top 10 seeds Chen Long, Son Wan Ho and Lin Dan on the way to the title.
Born in Nantong City, east China’s Jiangsu Province in 1996, Shi started playing badminton in 2003. He won the boys’ singles at the Youth Olympic Games in 2014 and silver for the boys’ singles at the BWF World Junior Championships the same year.