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Taiwanese badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying wins gold at Thailand Open

Tai last won a title at BWF World Tour Finals in 2020

Tai Tzu-ying (right) and Chen Yufei

Tai Tzu-ying (right) and Chen Yufei (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) won her first title of this season at the Thailand Open on Sunday (May 22) by getting even with Chen Yufei (陳雨菲) of China, who upset Tai at the women’s singles final at Tokyo Olympics in August of last year.

Tai last won a title at the BWF World Tour Finals in 2020.

With a purse of US$360,000 (NT$10.77 million), this year’s Thailand Open, which is a BWF World Tour Super 500 event, was held in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tai, the second-ranked player in the world, and Chen have competed against each other over the years, and their head-to-head record stands at 15-4 in Tai’s favor. However, the Taiwanese badminton queen lost three of their past four encounters to Chen, including the final at the Tokyo Olympics, CNA reported.

In Sunday’s Thailand Open final, both Tai and Chen were seeking their first wins of the season. Tai won with scores of 21-15, 17-21, and 21-12 in 65 minutes of competition.

(Facebook, BWF — Badminton World Federation video)