Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying earns shot at third world tour finals crown - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying earns shot at third world tour finals crown

Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) / Image taken from HSBC BWF WORLD TOUR FINALS 2019 website (bwfworldtourfinals.bwfbadminton.com)
Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) / Image taken from HSBC BWF WORLD TOUR FINALS 2019 website (bwfworldtourfinals.bwfbadminton.com)

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) Taiwan's world No.1 badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) reached the final of the women's singles at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2019 in China on Saturday, after a straight-games victory in the semifinals.

Tai made her fourth season-ending final that day after a series of sustained shots helped her close out the match against world No. 3 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, 21-15, 21-18.

Despite some inconsistency in the second game, the Taiwanese player still found the mark on most of her attacks and held off the struggling Okuhara to prevent any chance of a late comeback.

Video taken from BWF Badminton World Federation Facebook

"I was mainly trying to reduce my errors," the 25-year-old Tai said. "In my last match against her I made a lot of mistakes. Today I kept my focus. My form is getting better as I get used to the court."

The win also made their head-to-head record 7-6 in Tai's favor.

"I expect a difficult match tomorrow and I hope I continue to play well," said Tai, who won the crown in 2014 and 2016.

Tai's opponent in the final on Sunday is world No. 2 Chen Yu Fei of China, who defeated world No. 4 Akane Yamaguchi from Japan, 21-18, 21-9 one day earlier.

The HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2019 started on Wednesday at Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China, and has a total purse of US$1.5 million.

(By William Yen)

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