By: Central News Agency
Taiwanese badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) had every reason to 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.