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Tai to compete less after wining All English Open title

2017/03/13 22:20:33

(Photo courtesy of Badmintonphoto)

Taipei, March 13 (CNA) Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎), the world's top woman badminton player, will reduce the number of competitions she participates in, to concentrate on World Superseries Premier tournaments from now on, her father said on Monday.

Tai beat Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand to win the All England Open earlier that day, becoming the first player from Taiwan to make it to the World Superseries Premier tournament.

Tai Nan-kai (戴楠凱) said now that his daughter has secured the No. 1 spot and her points with her rivals have widened after she won an All England Open on Monday, she will cut competitions and focus on the World Superseries Premier.

This means that she probably will next take part in the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open and OUE Singapore Open in April.

Although Tai will cut the number of competitions, she will continue to improve herself through increased training, Tai Nan-kai said, adding that she will spend her time at the national training center to address her shortcomings.

Regarding her plan for this year, Tsai Nan-kai said that his daughter is set to take part in the Summer Universiade in Taipei (Aug. 19-30), instead of the IBF World Championships (Aug. 20-27), and will work hard to get a gold medal for her host country.

Tai Nan-kai said the Universiade is a world-class sports event that his daughter definitely will take part in.

"After all, winning the World Championships will make one happy, but winning the Universiade will make the whole nation happy," Tai Nan-kai said.

(By Lee Ching-wei and Lilian Wu)