Lin Dan stunned by Shi in All England Open final
Birmingham: Chinese star Lin Dan was denied a seventh All-England Open title as his young compatriot Shi Yuqi clinched a shock victory in Sunday's final.
Seventh seeded Shi profited from Lin's lacklustre play to win 21-19, 16-21, 21-9 in Birmingham.
The surprising absence of Lin's famed attacking skills helped Shi to grow in confidence.
The 22-year-old was able to utilise his speed and hard-to-read overhead attacks without inhibition against one of the sport's all-time greats.
"I was more patient and controlled my pace, which helped me get the match back," said Shi, who admitted he was relieved to erase the memory of last year's final loss to Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei.
Lin would have been the oldest player in 63 years to win the All-England men's singles title had he prevailed.
He had levelled the match with a burst of delicate drops and sliced smashes, he suddenly lost his rhythm.