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Taiwan's Tai out of Indonesian Open after defeat in semifinals

2019/07/20 21:07

Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎)

Taipei, July 20 (CNA) Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) lost the chance to defend her singles title at the Indonesia Open in Jakarta on Saturday after she was defeated in the semifinals by Japanese Akane Yamaguchi.

Tai, the top-ranked women's badminton player in the world, never seemed to find her form against Yamaguchi and lost two straight games in just 32 minutes.

In the first game, Tai fell behind early, trailing 10-1, and she finished 9-21 without gaining any steam.

Yamaguchi took an early 7-1 lead in the second game and went on to win 21-15, as Tai still could not find her rhythm.

The Japanese player, the world No. 4 and winner of the Yonex German Open in April, will vie on Sunday for the Indonesia Open singles title, which Tai won last year.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Tai, 25, said she was not on top of her game and had a hard time keeping up with Yamaguchi's aggressive play.

Tai will next compete in the Yonex Japan Open, which is scheduled for July 23-28.

Also on Saturday, Taiwanese badminton player and world No. 3 Chou Tien-chen (周天成) managed to fend off Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-19, 18-21, 21-16 in the semifinals of the men's singles event.

Chou will next play the winner of the semifinal showdown between Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong and Anders Antonsen of Denmark, which was scheduled for later Saturday.

The Indonesia Open, which is being held July 18-12, has a total purse of US$1.25 million. The tournament is one of three super 1000 level events of the season, with the other two being the All England Open and the China Open.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin)Enditem/pc