Taiwan’s Tai defeated in women’s singles final at All England Open

TAIPEI (CNA) – Taiwan badminton star Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) lost to her Chinese competitor in the final of the women’s singles at the All England Open yesterday, finishing second in the event.

Tai, the world’s No. 1, was defeated by Chen Yufei (陳雨菲) of China 17-21, 17-21 in two straight sets in a game that lasted 41 minutes.

In a keen match, Tai lost to Chen, the world’s No. 4, as she fell short of her form in the first set and failed to recover in the second set, making frequent mistakes.

With that defeat, Tai’s hopes of scoring a hat trick in the tournament were dashed.

Tai, who has won the women’s singles at the All England Open over the past two years, was hoping to follow in the footsteps of Chinese Xie Xingfang (謝杏芳), the last player to win the women’s singles title at the tournament three times in row, from 2005 to 2007.

With Sunday’s loss, Tai had to settle for second place and a cash prize of US$34,000.

Prior to Sunday’s match, Tai had won all 11 of her encounters with Chen.

The YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2019, held at the Arena Birmingham from March 6-16, carried a purse of US$1 million.

By Tai Ya-chen and Flor Wang