One day after exhausting victory, world No. 1 Tai falls to male foe

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/03/2020
By: Yang Chih-fang and Kay Liu

World No. 1 badminton player Tai Tzu-ying. CNA photo Aug. 3, 2020

Kaohsiung, Aug. 3 (CNA) The world's top ranked female badminton player, Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎), found playing a male opponent for a second day in a row too much to overcome Monday, losing her match in a competition organized for Taiwan's elite athletes.

Taiwan is holding eight days of competition in 12 different sports at the National Sports Training Center's main site in Kaohsiung and shooting facility in Taoyuan to keep its Olympic-caliber athletes sharp in the absence of international tournaments, and badminton is one of the events on the schedule.

(Click here for the video of the final matches on Monday. Tai's match began at 2:13:46. Commentary in Chinese.)

To give Tai a workout, the competition organizers decided to pit her against fresh male opponents on consecutive days in the three-day badminton event, and it proved to be her undoing.    [FULL  STORY]

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