Taiwanese badminton ace advances to final of All England Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/09
By: Tai Ya-chen and Ko Lin

London, March 9 (CNA) Taiwan badminton star Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) secured a spot in the women’s

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single finals at the All England Open after beating her opponent in the semifinal on Saturday.

Tai beat Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-13, 10-21, 21-8 in three games that lasted 47 minutes.

The world No. 1 Taiwanese next faces the winner of the second semifinal between Chen Yufei (陳雨菲) of China and Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on Sunday.

Tai, who has won the women’s singles at the tournament the past two years, is hoping to emulate China’s Xie Xingfang (謝杏芳), who was the last women’s player to win the All England Open three straight times, from 2005 to 2007.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Tai advances to round of 8 at All England Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/08
By: Tai Ya-chen and Flor Wang

London, March 7 (CNA) Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎), the world’s top-ranked women’s badminton

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player, cruised to the eight-strong round at the 2019 All England Open Thursday in a match that lasted only 30 minutes.

Tai defeated American Beiwen Zhang (張蓓雯), the world’s No. 12, 21-15, 21-14 in the round of 16 to advance to the round of eight following her victory in the round of 32 the previous day.

Although Tai was trailing Zhang shortly after the game started, Tai recovered quickly and closed the gap, then went on to soar past her competitor in the 30-minute game.

Tai and Zhang have had seven encounters in the past, with Tai scoring five wins, four of which were in recent consecutive matches.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Hsieh into Indian Wells women’s doubles second round

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/08
By: By Long Po-an and Chung Yu-che

File photo taken from Hsieh Su-wei’s Facebook page

Taipei, March 8 (CNA) Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and doubles partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic advanced to the second round of the BNP Paribas Open women’s doubles in California on Thursday.

In their first event since taking the doubles title in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in late February, Hsieh and Strycova got past the tough pairing of German Julia Goerges and Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (6).

Both sides struggled to hold serve in the first set but the third-seeded Taiwan/Czech duo held serve to clinch the set after breaking their opponents in the ninth game.

They never gained traction in the second set but recovered in time to take the super tiebreaker.

Drowning of athlete in Kaohsiung Aihe Ironman Triathlon revealed

Organizers of ‘Kaohsiung Aihe International Ironman Triathlon’ wait 5 days to announce drowning of athlete

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/03/08 
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Chang (second from right). (Photo from Facebook)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On March 3, a man drowned while competing in the swimming phase of the Kaohsiung Aihe International Ironman Triathlon, but it was not until family members started seeking help from the public on social media that organizers finally announced the death today.

While competing in the 1,500-meter swimming segment of the “2019 13th Annual WHISBIH Kaohsiung Aihe International Ironman Triathlon,” a 45-year-old competitor surnamed Chang (張), suddenly collapsed. Chang had been swimming for less than 30 minutes and had neared the 700-meter turning point, when he suddenly had an “abnormal condition.”

Search and rescue officers of the Naval Rescue Brigade floating side-by-side with the swimmers quickly navigated toward Chang to rescue him. He was placed in a lifeboat and was rushed to the starting line, where he suffered an Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA).

Paramedics immediately rushed him to a hospital, where he was soon declared dead.  [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese badminton star cruises into semis at All England Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/08
By: Tai Ya-chen and Chung Yu-chen

A screenshot taken from Tai Tzu-ying’s Facebook page

Taipei, March 8 (CNA) Playing only her second tournament of the year, Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) seems to have regained her form after advancing to the semifinals of the All England Open on Friday.

Tai, who has won the women’s singles at the US$1 million tournament the past two years, topped India’s Saina Nehwal 21-15, 21-19 in 37 minutes in their quarterfinals match Friday morning.

She will face fourth-seeded Akane Yamaguchi of Japan on Saturday for a place in the finals.

The Taiwanese continued her mastery of Nehwal, defeating her for the 13th consecutive time dating back to late 2014, but had to work hard to win the second game after falling behind early 8-3.

Taiwanese duo finishes second in Beach Volleyball World Tour event in India

In the final, Wang was seized with a cramp, forcIng the Taiwanese duo to retire

Taiwan News 
Date: 2019/03/04
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Photo taken from the Facebook page of 謝雅仁 (left)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese duo of Hsieh Ya-jen (謝雅仁) and Wang Jin-ru (王進如) was defeated during the men’s final in Vizag Open India of FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, the United Daily News (UDN) reported on Monday.

The duo played a total of eight matches in four days, the news outlet reported.

The Taiwanese duo started from qualifying competitions, and only lost one game in the first seven matches to advance into the final, UDN reported.

However, in the final against a German team, Wang was seized with a cramp, forcing the Taiwanese duo to retire. Wang said after the match, “The results have been big for us to remember, and from here, we will be heading to the next tournament, hoping we will work harder in future competitions and capture a gold medal for Taiwan.”    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen eliminated from German Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/03
By: Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, March 3 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成) was knocked out of the YONEX German Open 2019 on Sunday, after losing to Kenta Nishimoto of Japan 15-21, 21-18, 16-21 in the men’s singles semi-finals.

Before Sunday’s match, which lasted 67 minutes, World No. 3 Chou had faced World No. 11 Nishimoto three times, with Chou prevailing each time.

With Chou’s knockout on Sunday, his hopes of clinching his third men’s singles title at the tournament were dashed.

Taiwan’s Tsao Chun-yu breaks national record in Tokyo Marathon

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/03
By: Lung Po-an William Yen

Tsao Chun-yu (first right), CNA file photo

Taipei, March 3 (CNA) Taiwanese Tsao Chun-yu (曹純玉) ran the 2019 Tokyo Marathon in a time of just over two hours and 36 minutes on Sunday, breaking a 15-year national record and finishing 17th in the women’s race.

Tsao broke the Taiwan record of 2:39:53 set by Hsu Yu-fang (許玉芳) in the 2004 Xiamen International Marathon.

After the Tokyo Marathon, Tsao said that while she did not achieve her personal goal of finishing under 2:35, she was pleased to have broken the national record for a female marathoner with her time of 2:36:14.

With that time, Tsao has also qualified for the 2019 World Athletics Championships, which will be held Sept. 27 to Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese badminton ace advances to quarter-finals at German Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/01
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Emerson Lim

Taipei, March 1 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成) defeated Hong Kong’s Lee

CNA file photo

Cheuk Yiu (李卓耀) in a tense one hour, three minute match Thursday to clinch a slot in the men’s singles quarter-finals of the YONEX German Open 2019.

Chou took on the world No. 36 Lee for the second time in his career, starting the opening set with a 6-0 run, but a 7-1 and 3-1 burst from Lee put him back into the driver’s seat, and he took the set with a score of 21-17.

Chou regained his composure and won the second set 21-16.

In the final set, Lee took the lead with an initial score of 5-4, but Chou refused to give up and answered with a 6-0 rally to take the set 21-8 and move into the quarter-finals.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen advances to round 2 at German Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/02/28
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Evelyn Kao 

Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成) on Thursday cruised to the round of 16 of the men’s singles at the YONEX German Open 2019, winning in two straight games.

The second seed Chou defeated Zhou Zeqi (周澤奇) of China 21-19 and 21-12 in the first-round match in 37 minutes to advance to the second round of the tournament.

Chou will next face World No. 36 Lee Cheuk-yiu (李卓耀) of Hong Kong. In their last encounter, at the YONEX Chinese Taipei Open 2018, Chou won in two straight games.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese Wang Tzu-wei (王子維) lost to world champion Kento Momota of Japan 18-21, 15-21 in the first round of the 2019 German Open in Mulheim.    [FULL  STORY]