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Tai Tzu-ying (Chinese: 戴資穎; pinyin: Dài Zīyǐng; Wade–Giles: Tai Tzu-ying; born 20 June 1994) is a Taiwanese professional badminton player.[1] At the age of 22, she became world No. 1 in the women's singles on December 2016, and holds the women's singles longest record to occupied the top ranking in BWF history.

Tai Tzu-ying
戴資穎
Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2016 - Semifinal - Tai Tzu-ying vs Nitchaon Jindapol 01.jpg
Tai Tzu-ying at the 2016 Chinese Taipei Open
Personal information
CountryTaiwan
Born (1994-06-20) 20 June 1994 (age 25)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb; 9.0 st)
Years active2009–present
HandednessRight
CoachLai Jian-cheng (賴建誠)
Women's singles
Career record382 wins, 146 losses
Career title(s)25
Highest ranking1 (1 December 2016)
Current ranking1 (19 November 2019)
BWF profile

Tai was the women's singles gold medalists in 2018 Asian Games and 2017 Summer Universiade. She was back-to-back won the Asian Championships title, the year end tournament Superseries Finals, and the oldest tournament All England Open.

Career summaryEdit

Tai's father is a firefighter and the director of Kaohsiung city's badminton committee. Her favorite activity in her spare time is playing badminton. Tai started playing badminton at the third grader in elementary school. She won the title in the second national division, earning the right to participate in the first division games. Furthermore, she was the youngest player to compete in the first division.

In 2009, Tai, aged 15, began to compete in international events. She was the runner-up at the Vietnam Open a Grand Prix tournament. In July, she represented Kaohsiung City in the National Games and went into the quarter final. In the same month, she entered the Asian Junior Championships in Malaysia and became the runner-up, settled for the silver medal. In December, Tai competed at the East Asian Games for Chinese Taipei and won a silver and a bronze medal.

In 2010, she became the finalist at the Singapore Open.

In 2011, she won the title of Taiwanese ranking competition when she was only 16 years and 6 months old, becoming the youngest No. 1 in Taiwanese badminton history. At the same year, she won her first international title at the 2011 US Open Grand Prix Gold at the age of 17.[2]

In 2012, she won her first Superseries title in the Japan Open and made history as the youngest player to win the Superseries title (currently the third youngest player, after Ratchanok Intanon won the India Open in 2013, and Akane Yamaguchi won the Japan Open 2013). She won the Chinese Taipei Open against Lindaweni Fanetri, but failed to defend her title in 2013, losing to Sung Ji-hyun 21–16, 21–9.

In August 2013, she was recruited by the team Banga Beats to play for them in the Indian Badminton League. In the 2013 BWF Super Series Masters Finals, she defeated Sung Ji-hyun and Porntip Buranaprasertsuk but lost to Wang Shixian. She made it into the semifinals and successfully avenged her loss, beating Wang Shixian. She ended second after losing the final to Li Xuerui.

Tai represented her country at the 2014 Asian Games and won Chinese Taipei's first badminton medal by placing third.[3] She won the Hong Kong Open in 2014 after beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight sets, 21–19, 21–11. She extended her winning streak to the Superseries Finals in Dubai and won the first title for Chinese Taipei in the Superseries finals by beating Sung Ji-hyun in straight sets.

In 2015, she was beaten by Sun Yu in the Singapore Open. She did not win any title that year.

In 2016, Tai won the Indonesia Open and the Hong Kong Open to reach World No. 1 for the first time in her career. She won the Superseries Finals in Dubai for the second time, becoming the second women's singles player to do so (after Li Xuerui in 2012 and 2013). She also made history by becoming the first women's singles player to reach the finals in the Superseries Finals three times.

Before the 2017 season started,[4] Tai announced that she would skip that year's World Championships in Glasgow. Tai decided to attend the 2017 Summer Universiade not only out of a desire to earn a title[5] for her home country but also for the bigger picture.[6] Since the Summer Universiade was by far the biggest sporting event held in her home country, only second to the Olympic Games, Tai wanted to welcome the world to see Taiwan. President Tsai commended Tai's decision.[7] She won the Special Contribution Award in 2017 Sports Elite Awards.

Tai won her first All England title in March 2017, beating Ratchanok Intanon in the finals. In April, Tai won the Malaysia Open as well as the Singapore Open beating Carolina Marin in the finals two times in two weeks. Her titles in Malaysia and Singapore were her fourth and fifth consecutive ones. Later in April, she won her another title against Akane Yamaguchi in the Asian Championships held in Wuhan, China, marking a sixth consecutive title. It was also the first gold medal for Taiwan in this competition.

After winning 3 matches in the 2017 Sudirman Cup, Tai had extended her winning streak to 27 matches, before losing to Nitchaon Jindapol in the quarterfinals.

In 2018, Tai starting the season participated in the Malaysian Master in which she defeated Chen Yufei in the quarter final and Carolina Marin in a thrilling semi final, coming from a game down, but lost to Ratchanok Intanon in final. A week later, at the Indonesian Master, she won the title after defeating Saina Nehwal of India.

Due to tournament rescheduling, Tai could not defend her 2017 Singapore Open title and lost the world number 1 ranking to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi. But in her next tournament, the Asian Championships, she won the title after defeating Chen Yufei in the final in Wuhan and regained her world no 1 ranking.

In 2018 BWF World Championships third round, she defeated Zhang Beiwen from the United States in straight games (21–19, 21–14) and broke the record of the longest winning streak with 31 consecutive matches won (Indonesia Masters, All England Open, Asian Championships, Uber Cup, Malaysia Open, Indonesia Open, BWF World Championships), while the former record of 30 wins was held by Li Xuerui from China. However, she then lost in the next round to China's He Bingjiao 18–21, 21–7, 13–21.

In 2018 Asian Games, held in Jakarta, she won the gold medal by beating P. V. Sindhu in a straight set in the final, became her first big title in her career.[8] After crowning the women's singles' title of 2018 Denmark Open, her ranking points will coming to 101,517. She becomes the second player in the women's singles category to break 100,000 points, whose the first is Li Xuerui from China, led the points by 101,644. Although she lost the final game of 2018 French Open, she still won 9,350 points, by deleted the 2017 French Open 9,200 points, her points comes to 101,667 eventually, becomes the highest points holder in the women's singles category history. Tai qualified to compete at the World Tour Finals and placed as the top seeds. In the group stage, she was placed in Group A along with Akane Yamaguchi, P. V. Sindhu and Beiwen Zhang. In her first match, she defeated Zhang 21–15, 21–17; lost to Sindhu 21–14, 16–21, 18–21.[9] However, she retired with an injury in her third group stage match against Yamaguchi after losing the first game 17–21 and trailing 12–11 in the second game. Tai did not reveal the nature of the injury or how it occurred.[10]

Playing styleEdit

Tai plays an offensive game, with many calling her style unpredictable and often spontaneous. She is a very adventurous player with huge disguise and she seems to be able to hit the shuttle from just about anywhere with a great range of different shots and angles. Remarkable is also her very relaxed hitting motion. Tai has clocked fast smashes, with the fastest recorded being 360 km/h at the 2016 All England Open quarterfinals,[citation needed] despite her preference of playing slowly so she could set up shots. She has a strong backhand and good net-play, her biggest fault being inconsistent at times. Tai has strong stamina, being muscular and with a six-pack. Tai herself said that she does not follow a certain play or style, and focuses on herself rather than her opponent or strategies. Tai's prodigious talent and deceptive shot-making has earned compliments of many, including BWF commentator Gillian Clark, who has said that Tai is one of the best players to watch in women's singles, and has often complimented her shot-making and talent.

AchievementsEdit

Asian GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia   P. V. Sindhu 21–13, 21–16   Gold
2014 Gyeyang Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea   Li Xuerui 16–21, 26–24, 8–21   Bronze

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China   Chen Yufei 21–19, 22–20   Gold
2017 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China   Akane Yamaguchi 18–21, 21–11, 21–18   Gold
2015 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China   Ratchanok Intanon 22–20, 9–21, 12–21   Bronze

East Asian GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2009 Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong   Yip Pui Yin 17–21, 21–17, 19–21   Bronze

Summer UniversiadeEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2017 Taipei Gymnasium, Taipei, Taiwan   Lee Jang-mi 21–9, 21–13   Gold
2015 Hwasun Hanium Culture Sports Center, Hwasun, South Korea   Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 12–21, 14–21   Bronze
2013 Tennis Academy, Kazan, Russia   Sung Ji-hyun 16–21, 27–29   Silver

World University ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Yeomju Gymnasium and Bitgoeul Gymnasium, Gwangju, South Korea   Pai Hsiao-ma 21–13 Retired   Gold

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 Yeomju Gymnasium and Bitgoeul Gymnasium,
Gwangju, South Korea
  Pai Hsiao-ma   Miri Ichimaru
  Shiho Tanaka
20–22, 11–21   Silver

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2009 Stadium Juara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Chen Xiaojia 13–21, 13–21   Silver

BWF World Tour (9 titles, 4 runners-up)Edit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[11] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[12]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 Denmark Open Super 750   Nozomi Okuhara 21–17, 21–14   Winner
2019 China Open Super 1000   Carolina Marín 21–14, 17–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2019 Singapore Open Super 500   Nozomi Okuhara 21–19, 21–15   Winner
2019 Malaysia Open Super 750   Akane Yamaguchi 21–16, 21–19   Winner
2019 All England Open Super 1000   Chen Yufei 17–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2018 French Open Super 750   Akane Yamaguchi 20–22, 21–17, 13–21   Runner-up
2018 Denmark Open Super 750   Saina Nehwal 21–13, 13–21, 21–6   Winner
2018 Chinese Taipei Open Super 300   Line Kjærsfeldt 17–21, 21–10, 21–13   Winner
2018 Indonesia Open Super 1000   Chen Yufei 21–23, 21–15, 21–9   Winner
2018 Malaysia Open Super 750   He Bingjiao 22–20, 21–11   Winner
2018 All England Open Super 1000   Akane Yamaguchi 22–20, 21–13   Winner
2018 Indonesia Masters Super 500   Saina Nehwal 21–9, 21–13   Winner
2018 Malaysia Masters Super 500   Ratchanok Intanon 16–21, 21–14, 22–24   Runner-up

BWF Superseries (12 titles, 6 runners-up)Edit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Hong Kong Open   P. V. Sindhu 21–18, 21–18   Winner
2017 French Open   Akane Yamaguchi 21–4, 21–16   Winner
2017 Singapore Open   Carolina Marín 21–15, 21–15   Winner
2017 Malaysia Open   Carolina Marín 23–25, 22–20, 21–13   Winner
2017 All England Open   Ratchanok Intanon 21–16, 22–20   Winner
2016 BWF Super Series Finals   Sung Ji-hyun 21–14, 21–13   Winner
2016 Hong Kong Open   P. V. Sindhu 21–15, 21–17   Winner
2016 Denmark Open   Akane Yamaguchi 21–19, 14–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2016 Indonesia Open   Wang Yihan 21–17, 21–8   Winner
2016 Malaysia Open   Ratchanok Intanon 14–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2015 Singapore Open   Sun Yu 13–21, 21–19, 20–22   Runner-up
2014 BWF Super Series Finals   Sung Ji-hyun 21–17, 21–12   Winner
2014 Hong Kong Open   Nozomi Okuhara 21–19, 21–11   Winner
2014 Japan Open   Li Xuerui 16–21, 6–21   Runner-up
2013 BWF Super Series Finals   Li Xuerui 8–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2013 Malaysia Open   Yao Xue 21–17, 21–14   Winner
2012 Japan Open   Eriko Hirose 9–21, 21–9, 21–14   Winner
2010 Singapore Open   Saina Nehwal 18–21, 15–21   Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (3 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Chinese Taipei Open   Wang Shixian 23–21, 21–6   Winner
2013 Chinese Taipei Open   Sung Ji-hyun 16–21, 9–21   Runner-up
2012 Chinese Taipei Open   Lindaweni Fanetri 21–19, 20–22, 22–20   Winner
2011 U.S. Open   Sayaka Sato 21–16, 19–21, 21–6   Winner
2009 Vietnam Open   Fransisca Ratnasari 19–21, 21–15, 13–21   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

Invitation Tournament (1 Runner-up)Edit

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Jeunesse Cup International All Star   Wang Tzu-wei   Mads Conrad-Petersen
  Line Kjærsfeldt
18–21, 20–22   Runner-up

Career overviewEdit

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR Best
Result Year
Grade 1 – BWF events
Olympic Games NH A NH R16 NH R16 NH 0/2 R16 '12, '16
BWF World Championships A NH A WD NH QF QF QF NH WD QF QF NH 0/5 QF '13, '14, '15, '18, '19
BWF World Junior Championships A 2R A QF N/A 0/2 QF '12
Uber Cup NH A NH A NH 5th NH RR NH 5th NH 5th NH 0/4 5th '12, '16, '18
Sudirman Cup A NH A NH 5th NH 5th NH 5th NH 5th NH 5th NH 0/5 5th '11, '13, '15, '17, '19
Grade 2 – BWF World Tour Finals
BWF World Tour Finals NH DNQ F W RR W RR RR P 2/6 W '14, '16
Grade 2 – BWF World Tour Super 1000
All England Open A 2R SF 1R 1R SF SF W W F 2/9 W '17, '18
China Open A 1R A 1R 2R A SF QF 1R F 0/6 F '19
Indonesia Open A 1R 2R 1R QF 2R 2R W QF W SF 2/10 W '16, '18
Grade 2 – BWF World Tour Super 750
Denmark Open A 2R QF A 1R 1R 2R F SF W W 2/9 W '18, '19
Japan Open A 2R QF W SF F SF 1R 1R 2R QF 1/10 W '12
French Open A 1R SF A QF 1R SF QF W F SF 1/9 W '17
Fuzhou China Open A 1R A QF A WD SF 0/3 SF '19
Malaysia Open A Q2 2R 1R W 2R 1R F W W W 4/10 W '13, '17, '18, '19
Grade 2 – BWF World Tour Super 500
Hong Kong Open A 2R A 1R 2R W QF W W SF WD 3/8 W '14, '16, '17
India Open A 1R A 1R A QF A 0/3 QF '16
Indonesia Masters NH QF QF A NH W A 1/3 W '18
Korea Open A 2R 1R 2R 2R QF QF QF 2R A SF 0/9 SF '19
Malaysia Masters NH A F QF 0/2 F '18
Thailand Open A NH 2R A NH A 0/1 2R '11
Singapore Open A F 2R 2R QF QF F 1R W A W 2/9 W '17, '19
Grade 2 – BWF World Tour Super 300
Australia Open A QF 1R A QF 1R QF SF A 0/6 SF '17
Chinese Taipei Open A Q1 QF QF W F 2R SF W A W A 3/9 W '12, '16, '18
German Open A 1R QF 1R A 0/3 QF '13
Korea Masters A 2R A 0/1 2R '09
Macau Open A 1R A 2R A 0/2 2R '12
New Zealand Open A QF A 0/1 QF '11
Swiss Open A QF 1R QF A 0/3 QF '11, '13
U.S. Open A QF W A 1/2 W '11
Grade 2 – BWF Tour Super 100
Canada Open A NH A SF A 0/1 SF '11
Vietnam Open A F 1R SF A 0/3 F '09
Grade 3 – BWF International Challenge
Indonesia International Challenge 1R A 0/1 1R '07
Malaysia International A 2R A 0/1 2R '09
Vietnam International Q2 A 0/1 Q2 '07
Continental Events
Asian Games NH A NH B NH G NH 1/2 G '18
Badminton Asia Championships A 2R 2R QF QF SF QF W W A 2/8 W '17, '18
Badminton Asia Junior Championships A S 4R A N/A 0/2 S '09
Non World Ranking Events
East Asian Games NH B NH WD NH 0/1 B '09
Universiade N/A NH A NH S NH B NH G NH 1/3 G '17
World University Championships NH N/A NH N/A NH G NH A NH A NH A NH N/A 1/1 G '12
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR Result Year
Best
Total Wins 1 0 9 19 35 24 33 32 33 48 46 59 23 362
Total Losses 2 0 5 14 20 16 16 18 16 13 6 9 5 141
Year-end ranking 158 20 16 10 7 7 9 1 1 1
* Statistics were last updated on 30 July 2019.[13]

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists. Accurate as of November 19, 2019. Active players are marked in bold.[14]

Player Matches Win Lost Diff. Olympic Games
quarterfinalists
World Championships
semifinalists
Year-end
finalists
  Chen Yufei 15 14 1 +13 '17, '19
  He Bingjiao 9 7 2 +5 '18
  Yip Pui Yin 9 9 0 +9 '12
  P. V. Sindhu 16 11 5 +6 '16 '13, '14, '17, '18, '19 '17, '18
  Saina Nehwal 20 15 5 +10 '08, '12 '15, '17 '11
  Akane Yamaguchi 17 10 7 +3 '16 '18 '17
  Minatsu Mitani 8 5 3 +2 '14
  Nozomi Okuhara 11 6 5 +1 '16 '17, '19 '15, '18
  Sung Ji-hyun 27 18 9 +9 '16 '15 '14, '16
  Carolina Marín 14 8 6 +2 '16 '14, '15, '18
  Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 9 5 4 +1 '16
  Ratchanok Intanon 26 12 14 –2 '12 '13, '19
  Li Xuerui 14 3 11 –8 '12, '16 '13, '14 '12, '13
  Lu Lan 2 2 0 +2 '08 '07, '09
  Wang Shixian 12 5 7 –2 '10 '10, '12
  Wang Xin 3 2 1 +1 '12 '10, '11
  Wang Yihan 9 5 4 +1 '12, '16 '11 '11, '15
  Zhu Lin 2 1 1 0 '07
  Cheng Shao-chieh 1 0 1 –1 '04, '12 '05, '11
  Tine Baun 4 2 2 0 '12 '10
  Pi Hongyan 2 0 2 –2 '08 '09
  Juliane Schenk 4 1 3 –2 '11 '09
  Xu Huaiwen 1 1 0 +1 '08 '05, '06
  Zhou Mi 1 0 1 –1 '04 '01, '03 '08
  Lindaweni Fanetri 3 1 2 –1 '15
  Bae Yeon-ju 4 3 1 +2 '13 '10

SponsorshipsEdit

Yonex controversyEdit

During the period of 2016 Summer Olympics, Yonex provided unfit shoes to non-contract Tai. This forced Tai to wear other shoes made by her personal sponsor brand, Victor, without any logo. This event caused a controversy with the Chinese Taipei Badminton Association.[15][16]

ReferencesEdit

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  12. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
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  14. ^ "TAI Tzu Ying Head to Head Results". bwf.tournamentsoftware.com. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  15. ^ RIO 2016: Badminton quarrel prompts outrage
  16. ^ Top badminton player Tai Tzu-ying stands by her actions in shoe row

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