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Taiwan badminton champion competes for Player of the Year

Tai has been the world's No.1 for 104 weeks

Tai Tzu-ying could be the badminton player of the year.

Tai Tzu-ying could be the badminton player of the year. (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Badminton champion Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) is in the running for the title of Female Player of the Year at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) against a competitor from China and two from Japan.

The shuttler is the world’s No.1, having won eight major titles this year already, including the Asian Games in Indonesia, and a series of competitions in her native Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Denmark and Great Britain, the Central News Agency reported Saturday.

Tai’s rivals for the BWF award, which will be handed out at a gala dinner in Guangzhou, China, next week, include women’s doubles pair Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota from Japan and Huang Yaqiong (黃雅瓊) from the host country.

The Taiwanese champion has been the world’s No.1 badminton player for 104 weeks, with her points reaching a total of 101,667 to bypass the previous recordholder, Li Xuerui (李雪芮) of China.

Monday’s awards ceremony in Guangzhou will be followed by the five-day BWF World Tour Finals.

Earlier in the year, Tai, 24, graduated from the University of Taipei’s Institute of Sports Training.