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hilippine team at Taiwan basketball tournament lauds migrant workers

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/18
By:  Central News Agency

Taipei (CNA)– The Mighty Sports-Go For Gold Philippines, undefeated so far at the annual Taiwan-

(By Central News Agency)

hosted William Jones Cup (Jones Cup) international basketball tournament, expressed their appreciation of Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan for their support Thursday.

The 41st William Jones Cup 2019 kicked off July 12 and is scheduled to run through July 21 in Changhua and New Taipei for the mens event, while the women's competition will be held July 24-28 in New Taipei.

Charles Tiu, head coach of Mighty Sports, which also won every game and took the mens title at the tournament in 2016, said "Every time I come to the Jones Cup, I see many Filipino fans. I know they travel very far to come to support us, and it is really an honor to be able to play for them and to represent them."

The majority of fans that come out to support Filipino teams are migrant workers and according to Ministry of Labor statistics, there were 153,865 Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan as of the end of May.    [FULL  STORY]

World No. 3 Chou into semis at US$1.25 million Indonesian Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/19
By: Luke Sabatier

Taipei, July 19 (CNA) Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen (周天成) needed a second consecutive marathon battle Friday to remain alive in the men's singles of one of the top badminton tournaments of the year, the Indonesia Open 2019.

The world No. 3, who is seeded fourth in Jakarta, needed 1 hour and 16 minutes — an eternity in badminton — to oust two-time Olympic champion and five-time world champion Lin Dan (林丹) of China in a second-round match Thursday, and he found himself in another epic battle a day later.

Facing sixth-seeded Jonatan Christie of Indonesia, to whom he had lost six of the seven matches they had played, Chou appeared headed for defeat again, dropping the first game 21-16 and falling behind 16-12 in the second game after Christie went on a 9-2 run.

But Chou steeled himself and ran off the next six points to take an 18-16 lead, and held on to even the match.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese surge to semi-finals in Indonesian Open

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 20, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

After entering this week’s Blibli Indonesian Open in need of a strong showing to retain her top ranking,

Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan returns to Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand at their Blibli Indonesian Open singles quarter-final in Jakarta yesterday.
Photo: AFP

Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying yesterday pulled off a big win to move a step closer to her goal.

Tai, who had lost five of her previous six matches against Ratchanok Intanon before toppling her in Malaysia in April, outlasted her Thai rival again 21-18, 16-21, 21-12 in a battle that lasted just more than an hour.

Tai appeared to be in trouble in the first game, trailing 11-7 and 17-14, before rattling off seven of the final eight points to gain an early edge.

Ratchanok stepped up the pace a game later, opening a 12-6 lead after an early 5-5 stalemate, and protected her advantage to even the match.

However, Tai in the deciding game jumped out to a 13-6 lead and never let Ratchanok get closer than three points before putting her away.   [FULL  STORY]

Tai, Chou make quarters

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 19, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwanese Tai Tzu-ying — the world’s No. 1 badminton player — yesterday moved a step closer to

Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan returns to Lin Dan of China during their second-round men’s singles match at the Blibli Indonesia Open in Jakarta yesterday.
Photo: AFP

defending her Blibli Indonesia Open single’s title after advancing to the quarter-finals beating Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in straight sets 21-19, 21-18.

Although Tai lagged behind Busanan 17-19 at one point in the first set in Jakarta, she later picked up steam and scored four points to take the lead 21-19.

In the second set, Tai took an early 3-0 lead, but Busanan edged past her 8-7 and they continued in a close fight until Tai eventually prevailed 21-18.

It was Tai’s fifth consecutive victory against the Thai player.

Tai set up a quarter-final clash with long-term rival Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, who overcame Indonesia’s young ace Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in three sets.
[FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese shuttler cruises through opening round of Indonesia Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/16
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton player Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) finished off a strong opening

CNA file photo

match against her opponent Tuesday in the women's singles of the 2019 Blibli Indonesia Open, a Super 1000 event on the HSBC BWF World Tour.

Tai, world No. 1 on the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) women's singles rankings since May 3 last year, beat Yeo Jia Min (楊佳敏) of Singapore 21-12, 21-18 in a quick match that lasted only 31 minutes.

She had just competed in the Singapore Open in April, winning the women's singles title against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. Her other trophy this season also included the Malaysia Open, which took place in the same month.

Tai will next face world No. 23 Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in the second round of the tournament.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan ranks 7th in 2019 Universiade medal table

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/15
By: Flor Wang and Lung Po-an

Taipei, July 15 (CNA) Taiwan ranked the seventh-biggest winner in the just-concluded 2019 Summer

Young Taiwanese tennis player Tseng Chun-hsin / photo from facebook.com/CTUSFSSU

Universiade held in Naples, Italy, scoring nine golds, 13 silvers and 10 bronze medals among the 118 participating countries.

It is the best-ever performance that Taiwan has ever achieved in a Universiade held outside Taiwan.

This year, Taiwan sent 131 youth athletes to the international sports event to compete in 13 categories of the biannual games from July 4-13, the glamorous closing ceremony of which drew an audience of more than 35,000 people.

In 2017, Taipei played host to the 29th summer Universiade, with a record 371 athletes participating.
[FULL  STORY]

US sports envoys to visit Taiwan

Former basketball players to promote youth development, women's leadership in sports

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/15
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two former U.S. professional basketball players, Holly Warlick and Carol

Holly Warlick (Source: AIT)

Jue, will visit Taiwan as sports envoys from July 16-22.

Warlick and Jue will take part in a variety of events in Taipei and Kaohsiung, including workshops, discussions, and basketball clinics, said the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) via a press statement issued on Monday (July 15). The aim is to strengthen women’s leadership in sports, foster youth development, and empower women and girls, AIT added.

Warlick is a member of the U.S. Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She also played on the U.S. gold medal-winning team at the 1979 R. William Jones Cup in Taipei.

Since joining California's Chapman University as head coach in 2003, Jue has delivered victories for the Panthers in over 70 percent of the team’s games. Jue is the only Chinese-American head basketball coach, male or female, in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
[FULL  STORY]

Young Taiwanese badminton player wins men’s singles at U.S. Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/15
By: Lin Hung-han and Ko Lin

Los Angeles, July 14 (CNA) Lin Chun-yi (林俊易) of Taiwan clinched the 2019 YONEX U.S. Open badminton title Sunday when he defeated his Thai opponent in the men's singles final of the tournament.

The 19-year old underdog, who is No. 122 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, beat World No. 56 Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-10, 21-13 in a fast-paced game that lasted just 30 minutes.

The tournament also marked Lin's first attempt at the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300 series title since turning professional in 2018.

Speaking after the game, Lin thanked his family and coach Huang Po-yi (黃博翊) for their support and encouragement.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan adds two more golds as Summer Universiade winds down

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/14
By: Oscar Wu and Evelyn Kao


Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Taiwanese athletes won two more gold medals in the taekwondo women's team event and the men's singles event in tennis at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples Saturday to finish the games with nine gold medals overall.

Taiwan's women's taekwondo team clinched gold after defeating South Korea 19-17 in a tense battle, while the men's team fell to Egypt 17-15 in the semifinal of their event to claim bronze.

The two medals brought Taiwan's total haul in taekwondo at this year's Universiade to 11, with two gold, six silvers and three bronzes, surpassed only by South Korea with 12 total medals, including seven golds.

A day before, Taiwan's Su Po-ya (蘇柏亞) beat South Korean rival Ha Min-ah to capture gold in the women's taekwondo under-53 kilogram division.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan grabs gold in taekwondo at Summer Universiade

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/13
By: Central News Agency

Taipei (CNA) – Taiwanese Su Po-ya (蘇柏亞) beat a South Korean rival to capture gold in the women's

Taiwanese taekwondo star Su Po-ya. (By Central News Agency)

taekwondo under-53 kilogram division at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples on Friday (July 12).

Su overwhelmed Ha Min-ah of South Korea with a series of punches and kicks to win by a final score of 10-4 and claim gold, the sixth won by Taiwan at the Universiade thus far.

The final was a repeat of the gold medal bout in the same weight division at the Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018, when Su defeated Ha 29-10.

Friday's battle was a far more defensive affair, with the two athletes tied 1-1 after two rounds in the three-round bout. But Su, currently ranked seventh in the world in her weight class, finally pierced the defenses of her opponent in the final round to cruise to victory.    [FULL  STORY]