During her first match at the 2019 BWF World Championships at Basel, Switzerland, Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) defeated Indonesian women’s champion, 20-year-old Fitriani Fitriani. It was an intense two-set game, but the Tai came up top with a 21-15, 21-14 victory, and advancing to the round of 16.
At first, Tai seemed to struggle to get her head in the game, remaining en par with Fitriani at 6-6, then only gaining a small lead of three points. However, after this hurdle, she was able to push her way through slowly and achieve a more comfortable lead, finishing the set at 21-15.
The second set was equally challenging. Tai managed to open a small gap at 11-9, but only to have Fitriani catch up with her 14-14. Afterward, Tai showed her prowess as former world No.1, closing the game with a back-to-back string of 7 points.
Ever since reigning world No.1, Akane Yamaguchi (山口茜), was unexpectedly defeated and eliminated from the competition, Tai stands a better chance at regaining her title. Her focus now is reaching the semifinals, which may be her biggest test yet.
Tai Tzu-ying will be playing against Kim Ga Eun from Korea tonight (Aug.22) in the round of 16.