Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying books final spot at Malaysia Masters

01/11/2020 05:57 PM
Taiwanese badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) CNA file photo
Taiwanese badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) continued her winning streak at the Malaysia Masters Saturday, defeating China's He Bingjiao (何冰嬌) 21-17, 21-12 to reach the women's singles final.

At the beginning of the first game, Tai, who is currently ranked the No. 2 women's singles player in the world, trailed world No. 7 He 0-3 before turning the match around to take a 9-8 lead, followed by six points in a row.

In the second game, Tai took a comfortable 9-2 lead and stayed in front to win 21-12.

The victory came on the back of top-seeded Tai's win over world champion Pusarla Sindhu 21-16, 21-16 in the quarter-finals Friday.

Saturday's victory marks a further step in Tai's efforts to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking she lost to China's Chen Yufei (陳雨菲) last year.

Tai faces world No. 1 Chen for the women's singles title on Sunday.

The Malaysia Masters is the first big badminton tournament of the year and a Super 500 World Tour tournament with a total purse of US$400,000.

All Super 500 World Tour tournaments count toward Olympic qualifying until April 26, 2020.

(By Chu Hsiang-ping and Evelyn Kao)

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