Taiwanese badminton ace reaches quarterfinals at Toyota Thailand Open

01/21/2021 08:51 PM
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World No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying. Photo courtesy of the Badminton Association of Thailand
World No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying. Photo courtesy of the Badminton Association of Thailand

Update: Top Taiwanese badminton players reach semifinals at Thai Open

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) World No. 1 female badminton player Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) of Taiwan advanced to the quarterfinals of the Toyota Thailand Open in Bangkok on Thursday, after easily defeating her Indonesian competitor.

In the round of 16 of the women's singles event, Tai beat Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia 22-20, 21-16 in straight sets in just 33 minutes.

Tai has played against Gregoria seven times in her career, winning all of their encounters.

With Thursday's victory, Tai, 26, scored her 400th career win in the women' singles on the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour since she began competing in 2007, according to the BWF website.

Tai will next face the winner of the match between world No. 10 Michelle Li (李文珊) of Canada and Chinese American Iris Wang (王苑力).

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Evelyn Kao)

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