By: Lee Chin-wei and Jay Chen
Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Taiwan’s top female badminton player Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) beat
her nemesis Li Xuerui (李雪芮) of China in two sets (22-20, 21-14) Friday to qualify for the semifinals of the Badminton World Federation’s Yonex French Open.
It was Tai’s first win over Li in the two women’s 11 encounters since 2011.
Tai said that, after 10 straight losses, she was overjoyed to have finally been able to beat her tough opponent, who is the world’s No. 5 female badminton player. Tai, 21, is currently No. 4 in the world ranking.
Tai will face Carolina Marin of Spain, who ranks No. 2 in the world, on Saturday for a chance to be in the final of the US$275,000 tournament. [FULL STORY]