Exclusive | Sister of badminton champion reveals strong work ethic behind success

Photo courtesy of Tai Ching-chieh Facebook.

TAIPEI (The China Post) — In an exclusive interview with The China Post, the sister of Taiwan’s badminton champion Tai Tzu-ying’s (戴資穎), Tai Ching-chieh (戴靖潔), wished her the best in the upcoming 2021 Olympics, before unveiling the secret behind her success: having a strong work ethic.

Growing up in Kaohsiung, Tai described her family setting as simple and normal. She explained that their childhood encompassed badminton from very early on, with them socializing on the court and engaging in strict practice routines. 

Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) downed Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in two straight games -- 21-18, 21-15 -- in the second round of the tournament at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Tokyo. (Courtesy of Tai Tzu-ying/Facebook)
Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) downed Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in two straight games — 21-18, 21-15 — in the second round of the tournament at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Tokyo. (Courtesy of Tai Tzu-ying/Facebook)

When asked whether she foresaw that her sister could one day be “number one” in the badminton world, Tai said that she never knew for certain, but knew her constant hard work would someday pay off.

The intense focus became the underlying quality that pushed Tai Tzu-ying to success. Tai Ching-chieh explained that when others enjoyed their holidays, her sister chose to dedicate the time to training. Even during the off-season, she always ensured she was in peak physical condition by maintaining a healthy diet and sleep schedule. 

Both sisters were competitive badminton players, but Tai Ching-chieh has now decided to dedicate her time in training other players. (Photo courtesy of Tai Ching-chieh Facebook)

When asked about whether she was confident in her sister’s ability to maintain her position as number one in the world, Tai stated that she only hopes her sister can thoroughly focus and enjoy each match, with the ranking being something of least concern.

She reinforced this statement by adding that she never displayed wishes for her to win; instead, only encouraging her to play her best. Tai maintains a close relationship with her sister, accompanying her on relaxing trips outside of their intense training regiment.

Like her champion sister, Tai Ching-chieh was also a competitive player. She now dedicates her time to coaching and judging.

Taiwanese Tai Tzu-ying has been listed at the top of the Badminton World Federation rankings in the women’s singles category for a record 125 weeks, the latest list showed on April 30. (NOWnews)

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