The players from Japan dominated the tournament in Birmingham this year. The outstanding player was Yuta Watanabe, who was successful in the doubles with Hiroyuki Endo and in the mixed with Arisa Higashino. The women's doubles title went to the pairing of Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara. Japan's Nozomi Okuhara won her second singles title at the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships after 2016. This failed the Danish Viktor Axelsen. The defending champion had to go three times over three sets until the final and was then exhausted in the third set in the final against Lee Zii Jia from Malaysia. He lost 29-30/22-20/9-21 after an hour and 14 minutes. Lee proved he is a medal candidate at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics by winning the All England title.