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Top-ranked Yani Tseng not ready to retire

2012/06/13 21:28:33

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) World No. 1 female golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan denied Wednesday that she is ready to end her golf career, declaring on her Facebook page that she has never thought of retiring and that the real race is just beginning.

The 23-year-old golfer posted the message a day after Golfchannel.com writer Randall Mell tweeted that Tseng was "mulling retirement" after finishing tied for 59th June 10 at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York.

In another tweet, Mell also quoted Tseng as having mentioned that her confidence "is at zero right now."

Tseng shot a 13-over-par 301 in the season's second major tournament, which she won by a landslide last year. The 59th ranking was the worst in her past 26 games and the just-concluded event also marked the first time in her professional career that she had carded over 300 strokes in four rounds.

Mell's postings were widely retweeted and many local and some French media outlets actually cited them in reports about the possibility of Tseng taking early retirement.

However, Tseng clarified on her Facebook page that she is not ready to retire.

In reality, she wrote in Mandarin Chinese, the real race has just started and she will strive to get herself back in her best form and just enjoy playing golf rather than becoming obsessed with scores.

Her Facebook posting also carried an illustration with the English slogans "believe in yourself!" and "You Can Do It."

During the Wegmans tournament, Tseng admitted repeatedly in interviews that her problems were rooted in her psyche and that she had to struggle hard to overcome the psychological pressure she was feeling.

"I need to learn from my failure and try to find a way out," Tseng wrote, adding that she is confident of emerging even stronger and better in the future.

She also expressed appreciation for the concern shown by her friends and fans, writing in English that she had been doing some serious thinking over the past few days and thanking them for their encouragement and suggestions.

(By Lung Po-an and Sofia Wu)
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