World No.1 Tai Tzu-ying helps team snatch another gold for Taiwan
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwanese badminton team defeated Japan to snatch
the gold at the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade Friday to help their country reach 15 golds on the overall medals table.
In the first of three phases, Lee Yang (李洋) and Lee Jhe-huei (李哲輝) defeated rivals Katsuki Tamate (玉手勝輝) and Kenya Mitsuhashi (三橋健也) 21-5 and 21-15.
For the women, Taiwanese champion and World No.1 badminton star Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) finished her adversary Natsumi Shimoda (下田菜都美) in two sets, 21-8 and 21-13.
The finishing touch came from Wang Tzu-wei (王子維), with an injury contributing to a loss in his first set against Kenta Nishimoto (西本拳太) 19-21. Nevertheless, he regained the upper hand in the second set with 21-17, but needed a third set to win with 21-10, putting the crown on the Taiwanese team’s performance.