Monday March 11, 2013
Baun becomes the oldest winner at All-England
DENMARK’S Tine Baun sank on her knees in sheer jubilation at the All-England here yesterday after winning the women’s singles crown for the third time in her illustrious career.
The 33-year-old Dane, playing in her last tournament, showed steely determination to beat three-time world junior champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-14, 16-21, 21-10 in 53 minutes to become the oldest All-England women’s singles champion of the Open era.
Baun’s win shattered Ratchanok’s hopes of becoming the youngest ever player to win the All-England title at the age of 18. She would have beaten legendary eight-time All-England champion Rudy Hartono by a few months.
Baun, the winner here in 2008 and 2010, was simply ecstatic.
“This is a great way to end my career. I am happy that I decided to close the door on my career here in my favourite tournament,” she said.
“It is the same great feeling – winning in 2008 and now. Everyone has been kind and I feel so proud. And I absolutely love my fans here,” she added.