Bangkok, Taiwanese badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎), as well as the men’s doubles of Lee Yang (李洋) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟), advanced to the finals of the Toyota Thailand Open, defeating their opponents in the semifinals on Saturday.
In the women’s singles, World No. 1 Tai beat her old nemesis Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand with a narrow victory — 12-21, 21-12, 23-21 — after a grueling 59-minute match in Bangkok.
Tai’s head-to-head record currently stands at 14-15 against Intanon.
The Taiwanese shuttler has been in tip-top form for this entire tournament, having dropped only a single game prior to the semis.
On Saturday, she allowed her Thai opponent to seize an early lead after several unforced errors, trailing 3-11 before losing the first game 12-21.
In the second game, the Taiwanese rebounded with smart netplay, giving Intanon no chance to fight back and continued on to complete the third game for a match win.
She will next face Carolina Marin of Spain on Sunday.
Meanwhile that day, Lee and Wang also secured their tickets to the finals in the men’s doubles, defeating their Indonesian opponents Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan 14-21, 22-20, 21-12 in 50 minutes.
World No. 2 Chou Tien-chen (周天成), also from Taiwan, was also scheduled to go up against No. 4 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the men’s singles semifinals that same day.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel