Tai and Chou thrilled with wins in Taipei Open final
Badminton world number 2 Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) of Taiwan won the Yonex Taipei Open for the fourth time yesterday, beating world number 35 Saena Kawakami of Japan 21-17, 21-16 at Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium .
World number 4 Chou Tien-chen (周天成) also did Taiwan proud in the men’s singles, beating world number 38 Kodai Naraoka of Japan 14-21, 21-10, 21-6 in 1 hour and 1 minute.
Tai’s final lasted 37 minutes – his longest match of the tournament.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times
Although Tai took an early lead in both games, Kawakami managed to even the score twice in the first game and was only one point behind Tai in the second.
After the match, Tai said the Japanese players still played consistently and moved quickly, and she had to remember to keep unforced errors to a minimum.
Tai became the third player to win four women’s singles titles at the Taipei Open, having won it in 2012, 2016 and 2018. The others are Kirsten Larsen from Denmark and Sung Ji-hyun from South Korea.
“It’s been 10 years. That means I’ve been playing for a while, but I’m still going to try” to win more titles, Tai said.
It was also her third title this season, following back-to-back victories at the Thailand Open in May and the Indonesia Open last month.
Tai, who won silver at the Tokyo Olympics, said she plans to play the Japan Open from August 30 to September 4.
When asked if she would try to defend her title at the Taipei Open next year, Tai said, “Let me finish the tournaments this year, and we’ll see next year.”
In men’s doubles, Taiwanese Olympic gold medalists Lee Yang (李洋) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) lost 18-21, 21-11, 18-21 to Man Wei-chong (萬緯聰) and Tee Kai-wun (鄭凱文) from Malaysia.
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