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Taiwan's Tai remains on top of BWF world rankings for 100th week

2018/11/08 20:01:27

Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) remains on top of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) women's singles rankings for the 100th consecutive week, according to the latest BWF world rankings released Thursday.

The achievement makes her one of the three players to have achieved the BWF's No. 1 position for more than 100 weeks in a row.

Chinese female shuttler Li Xuerui is the record-holder, earning the BWF's world No. 1 title for 124 weeks straight, followed by her compatriot Wang Yihan, who has held the top spot for 116 consecutive weeks.

Tai made women's singles history with a record of 101,667 ranking points in a 52-week period, leading Akane Yamaguchi of Japan by 16,254 points.

Despite Tai's absence from the ongoing China Open Super 750 badminton tournament in Fuzhou, this will not influence her world No. 1 ranking.

The record for ranking points was previously set by Li, who had 101,644 points at the end of 2014.

According to the BWF website, ranking points are calculated based on the 10 best point hauls a singles player or doubles team has had in tournaments in the last 52 weeks.

This year alone, Tai has won eight women's singles titles, including Taiwan's first-ever badminton gold at the Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang in August. She will compete in the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2018 Nov. 13-18 for her third consecutive title at the event.

(By Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao)