Taiwan’s Tai tops nemesis to reach Malaysia Open semifinals

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/04/05
By: Oscar Wu, Luke Sabatier and Emerson Lim

Taipei, April 5 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) had every reason to

Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎, in black jersey) returns a shot from her Thai opponent Ratchanok Intanon in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Malaysia Open on Friday.

be worried in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Malaysia Open on Friday, facing her nemesis and seemingly on the verge of going down a game.

But the world No. 1 Taiwanese rallied to top Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-19, 21-13 in 35 minutes to guarantee she will keep her top spot in the rankings and set up a semifinal showdown against China’s young upstart Chen Yufei (陳雨菲), seeded third in Malaysia.

The 21-year-old Chen topped Tai in the final of the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships 21-17, 21-17 last month.

The 24-year-old Taiwanese struggled with injuries at the end of last year, and she has tried to put them behind her by playing a curtailed schedule so far this year.

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