World No. 1 Tai returns with a victory

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Taipei Times
Date: Jan 13, 2021
By: Staff writer, with CNA and AFP, BANGKOK

Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying returns a shot to China’s Chen Yufei during their All England Open women’s singles final in Birmingham, England, on March 15 last year.

Taiwanese badminton star Tai Tzu-ying yesterday returned to international competition after an eight-month break with a victory at the Yonex Thailand Open in Bangkok.

Twenty-six-year-old Tai, 26, the top-seeded player at the tournament, met 18-year-old Thai player Benyapa Aimsaard in the opening round and narrowly won 21-18, 26-24.

Her previous tournament was the Yonex All England Open in March last year, where she won the women’s singles title, before the BWF World Tour was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Benyapa was a last-minute replacement after another Thai player pulled out of the event.

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