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Taiwan women shut down by Thailand in Asian Games badminton

2018/08/20 16:53:36

Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎).

Jakarta, Aug. 20 (CNA) Despite the presence of world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎), Taiwan was ousted by Thailand in the quarterfinals of the women's badminton event at the 2018 Asian Games on Monday, dashing its medal hopes.

Thailand topped Taiwan 3-0 in the women's team competition, which features a best-of-five format comprising three singles and two doubles matches.

Tai and her old nemesis Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand battled for the first point, and the world No. 4 Thai emerged victorious in two tight games 21-18, 21-18.

Tai had a career 10-11 record against Ratchanok entering the match and had lost to the world No. 4 in three of their last four matches dating back to November 2017.

She said she had trouble taking control of the points but felt she made errors at critical moments, making it hard for her to play catch-up in the later stages of both games.

Taiwan's first doubles team of Wu Ti-jung (吳玓蓉) and Hsu Ya-ching (許雅晴) then lost the second point to their Thai opponents in another tight match 22-20, 19-21, 21-13.

In the second singles match, world No. 11 Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand overcame Taiwan's Pai Yu-po (白馭珀) 21-18, 21-16 to complete the 3-0 whitewash.

Thailand was seeded fourth in the women's team event while Taiwan was unseeded.

(By Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao)