Taiwan's Tai eliminated in quarterfinals at Japan Open - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan's Tai eliminated in quarterfinals at Japan Open

Taiwanese badminton star Tai Tzu-ying / photo from Tai’s Facebook
Taiwanese badminton star Tai Tzu-ying / photo from Tai’s Facebook

Taipei, July 26 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton star Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) failed to reach the semifinals of the women's singles at the Yonex Japan Open on Friday, after she lost to Michelle Li of Canada.

Tai, the top-ranked female badminton player in the world, was defeated by Li 15-21, 21-15 and 20-22 in a match that lasted 60 minutes.

In the first game, Tai fell behind early but managed to bounce back to tie the game 12-12 at point, before sliding to 15-21 at the end.

In the second game, Tai took a 17-15 lead and kept up the pressure on Li, the world's No. 14, to win 21-15.

Tai continued to play well in the third game, scoring 4 consecutive points, but Li fought back and eventually defeated her Taiwanese opponent 22-20.

It was payback time for Tai, who quashed Li at the All England Open in March, winning in two straight sets 21-12, 21-15 in only 28 minutes.

The 2019 Yonex Japan Open 2019, a BWF World Tour 750 event, is being held July 23-28. It has a total purse of US$750,000.

(By Lung Po-an and Chung Yu-chen)

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