Taiwan badminton ace edged out of Yonex French Open

PARIS (CNA) — Taiwanese badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) failed to reach the final of the women’s singles at the Yonex Internationaux de France de Badminton in Paris Saturday, losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin.

Tai was defeated 16-21, 9-21 in a semifinal match that lasted 35 minutes.

The loss means that Tai will fall to second place in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings next week, losing her world No. 1 title to Okuhara Nozomi of Japan.

In the first game, the 25-year-old Taiwanese took a 5-1 lead before losing eight consecutive points to her Spanish rival, eventually losing 16-21.

Marin continued her dominant play in the second game, losing only nine points to Tai to finish the match.

Tai has played Marin 13 times in her career, winning seven of their encounters. They are set to face off again at the Fuzhou China Open on Nov. 5.

After the match, Tai told CNA that she has been suffering from back pain since her quarterfinal match against India’s Pusarla Sindhu Friday, which lasted a grueling one hour and 15 minutes.

Meanwhile that day, Taiwan’s Liao Min-chun (廖敏竣) and Su Ching-heng (蘇敬恒) had their dream of a final spot in the men’s doubles ended, succumbing to Indonesians Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo1 18-21, 21-23 in the semifinal.

The Yonex French Open 2019, which carries a total purse of US$750,000, is part of the BWF World Tour Super 750.

By Tzeng Yi-shiuan and Chiang Yi-ching