Home Badminton

All England Open: Okuhara crowned All England Champion

Nozomi Okuhara put up a classy performance to win the women's singles title of the All England Open, beating Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.

Chochuwong had been making headlines ever since she made it to the BWF World Tour finals 2020 and stunned Ratchanok Intanon. Nozomi Okuhara played her first tournament after All England 2020. What match it could have been between the two.


Okuhara outclasses Chochuwong

It would have been a historic win if Pornpawee Chcochuwong had won this match. She would become the first player from Thailand to win the All England Open.

Okuhara was in full control of the first game. Her shots were finding the corners and lines and kept up pace higher than the Thai. Chochuwong struggled to find her rhythm and attack Okuhara.

Nozomi Okuhara

The second game was extremely intense with long rallies going all corners of the court. Chochuwong upped her pace right from the first rally. Her quality of shots was better and was finding lines that started making Okuhara’s life difficult.
Okuhara however took a marginal lead 11-9 at the mid-game interval.

Chochuwong often came up with brilliant rallies and picking up points, unsettling world number 4, Nozomi. However, the Japanese kept up the lead with her solid defence and retrieving abilities.

In 44 minutes of play, Nozomi Okuhara emerged as the winner with a scoreline of 21-12,21-16. Her victory scripted history as 4 of the 5 titles of the All England Open 2021 goes Japan’s way. This is the first time such an event has ever happened in the tournament’s history.

Also Read: All England Open: Nozomi Okuhara vs Pornpawee Chochuwong women’s singles finals preview