TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying, (戴資穎), the world's top-ranked female badminton player, won the fifth straight Super Series titles on Sunday at the OUE Singapore Open, after defeating reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin 21-15, 21-15.
Tai took just 38 minutes to seal her first victory in Singapore on Sunday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, her second win over the world No.2 Marin of Spain, bringing home US$26,250 in prize money.
Tai is the first women’s singles player to grab five straight Super Series title since picking up the Hong Kong Open win last November, beating India’s Pusarla V. Sindhu.
In 2016, she won the Indonesia Super Series and the Hong Kong Super Series to reach World No.1, and also made history then by becoming the first women’s singles player to reach the finals in the Super Series Finals for three times.
In March, the 22-year-old Tai became the first player from Taiwan to win an All England Open title, defeating Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in two games 21-16, 22-20.
"I was able to get into pace early in the game and tried to remain patient in every shot," Tsai told reporters after the win on Sunday, according to the English-language Central News Agency.
But the humble champion said she didn’t think too much about the records. “I just want to play well in every tournament,” Tai said. "I'm very happy to have won the title with so many people cheering me on.”