Kristen Tsai (born 11 July 1995) is a Taiwanese born-Canadian badminton player.[1] She became the first Canadian ever to make in to the quarterfinals at the World Junior Championships.[2] Lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, she trained at the ClearOne badminton club, and educated criminology at the Simon Fraser University.[1][3] She won her first Pan Am Championships title in 2012 in the women's singles event, and after that Tsai spent a full 4 years – between the 2013 and 2017 Canada Opens – away from international competition.[4] In 2018, she competed at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.[3] She won gold medal at the Pan American Games in the women's doubles partnered with Rachel Honderich, and a silver medal in the mixed doubles with Nyl Yakura in 2019 Lima.[5]

Kristen Tsai
Personal information
Birth nameTsai Wan-ting
Country Canada
Born (1995-07-11) 11 July 1995 (age 24)
Taiwan
ResidenceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
HandednessRight
Women's singles & doubles
Highest ranking22 (WD 17 December 2019)
59 (XD 24 September 2019)
Current ranking23 (WD), 74 (XD) (24 December 2019)
BWF profile

AchievementsEdit

Pan American GamesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Polideportivo 3,
Lima, Peru
  Rachel Honderich   Keui-Ya Chen
  Jamie Hsu
21–10, 21–9   Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Polideportivo 3,
Lima, Peru
  Nyl Yakura   Joshua Hurlburt-Yu
  Josephine Wu
21–18, 12–21, 15–21   Silver

Pan Am ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Coliseo Manuel Bonilla, Lima, Peru   Jamie Subandhi 21–16, 21–19   Gold

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Gimnasio Olímpico,
Aguascalientes, Mexico
  Rachel Honderich   Catherine Choi
  Josephine Wu
21–15, 27–25   Gold
2018 Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium,
Guatemala City, Guatemala
  Rachel Honderich   Michelle Tong
  Josephine Wu
17–21, 21–17, 21–14   Gold
2012 Coliseo Manuel Bonilla,
Lima, Peru
  Jocelyn Ko   Alexandra Bruce
  Phyllis Chan
21–17, 17–21, 12–21   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Gimnasio Olímpico,
Aguascalientes, Mexico
  Nyl Yakura   Fabricio Farias
  Jaqueline Lima
22–24, 19–21   Bronze
2018 Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium,
Guatemala City, Guatemala
  Nyl Yakura   Ty Alexander Lindeman
  Josephine Wu
14–21, 24–26   Silver

Pan Am Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico   Sarah Kong   Lorena Duany
  Katherine Winder
18–21, 13–21   Bronze

BWF International Challenge/Series (6 titles, 5 runners-up)Edit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2013 Canadian International   Michelle Li 14–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2013 Peru International   Nicole Grether 21–11, 21–12   Winner

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Yonex / K&D Graphics International   Rachel Honderich   Setyana Mapasa
  Gronya Somerville
21–14, 9–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2019 Hungarian International   Rachel Honderich   Emma Karlsson
  Johanna Magnusson
21–16, 21–16   Winner
2019 Belgian International   Rachel Honderich   Gabriela Stoeva
  Stefani Stoeva
16–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2019 Kharkiv International   Rachel Honderich   Chloe Birch
  Lauren Smith
14–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2019 Brazil International   Rachel Honderich   Émilie Lefel
  Anne Tran
21–18, 17–21, 21–19   Winner
2018 Yonex / K&D Graphics International   Rachel Honderich   Hung Shih-han
  Yu Chien-hui
21–19, 21–15   Winner
2017 Yonex / K&D Graphics International   Rachel Honderich   Leanne Choo
  Renuga Veeran
21–12, 21–15   Winner
2013 Peru International   Joycelin Ko   Grace Gao
  Michelle Li
15–21, 18–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Yonex / K&D Graphics International   Nyl Yakura   Oliver Leydon-Davis
  Susannah Leydon-Davis
21–11, 21–8   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Kristen Tsai Yonex". Badminton Canada. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Hello My Name is Christin Tsai". The Shuttler Magazine - Volume 2 Issue 3. 19 December 2011. p. 16-17. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Participants: Kristen Tsai". Gold Coast 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  4. ^ Hearn, Don (30 April 2018). "2 repeat champions on each of 3 continents!". Badzine.net. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Canada's badminton team enjoys dominant day at Pan Ams". CBC.ca. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.

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