Tai Tzu-ying

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Tai Tzu-ying
戴資穎
Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2016 - Semifinal - Tai Tzu-ying vs Nitchaon Jindapol 01.jpg
Tai Tzu-ying at the 2016 Chinese Taipei Open
Personal information
CountryTaiwan
Born (1994-06-20) 20 June 1994 (age 25)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb; 9.0 st)
Years active2009–present
HandednessRight
CoachLai Jian-cheng (賴建誠)
Women's singles
Career record371 wins, 144 losses
Career title(s)25
Highest ranking1 (1 December 2016)
Current ranking1 (24 September 2019)
BWF profile

Tai Tzu-ying (Chinese: 戴資穎; pinyin: Dài Zīyǐng; Wade–Giles: Tai Tzu-ying; born 20 June 1994) is a Taiwanese professional badminton player and the current world No 1.[1] In 2011, she won the title of Taiwanese ranking competition when she was only 16 years and 6 months old, becoming the youngest No. 1 in Taiwanese badminton history. She became world No. 1 in women's singles on December 2016, age 22, and has been ranked No.1 for 125 weeks (as of 30 April 2019), the most in BWF history, surpassing Li Xuerui.

Tai was a finalist at the 2010 Singapore Super Series. She won her first international title at the 2011 US Open Grand Prix Gold at the age of 17.[2] She won her biggest titles at the Superseries Finals in 2014 and 2016, and won the Superseries Premiere event, Indonesia Open, in 2016. She won six consecutive titles spanning 2016 and 2017, and had a 27-match winning streak since losing to Sung Ji-Hyun at the Superseries Finals. She won the All England Open back to back in 2017 and 2018, and also won the Hong Kong Super Series three times, in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

Career summary[edit]

Tai's father is a firefighter and the director of Kaohsiung city's badminton committee. Her favorite activity in her spare time is playing badminton. Tai started playing badminton at the third grader in elementary school. She won the title in the second national division, earning the right to participate in the first division games. Furthermore, she was the youngest player to compete in the first division.

In 2009, Tai, aged 15, began to compete in international events. She was the runner-up at the Vietnam Open a Grand Prix tournament. In July, she represented Kaohsiung City in the National Games and went into the quarter final. In the same month, she entered the Asian Junior Championships in Malaysia and became the runner-up, settled for the silver medal. In December, Tai competed at the East Asian Games for Chinese Taipei and won a silver and a bronze medal.

In 2012, she won her first Superseries title in the Japan Open and made history as the youngest player to win the Superseries title (currently the third youngest player, after Ratchanok Intanon won the India Open in 2013, and Akane Yamaguchi won the Japan Open 2013). She won the Chinese Taipei Open against Lindaweni Fanetri, but failed to defend her title in 2013, losing to Sung Ji-hyun 21–16, 21–9.

In August 2013, she was recruited by the team Banga Beats to play for them in the Indian Badminton League. In the 2013 BWF Super Series Masters Finals, she defeated Sung Ji-hyun and Porntip Buranaprasertsuk but lost to Wang Shixian. She made it into the semifinals and successfully avenged her loss, beating Wang Shixian. She ended second after losing the final to Li Xuerui.

Tai represented her country at the 2014 Asian Games and won Chinese Taipei's first badminton medal by placing third.[3] She won the Hong Kong Open in 2014 after beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight sets, 21–19, 21–11. She extended her winning streak to the Super Series Finals in Dubai and won the first title for Chinese Taipei in the Superseries finals by beating Sung Ji-hyun in straight sets.

In 2015, she was beaten by Sun Yu in the Singapore Open. She did not win any title that year.

In 2016, Tai won the Indonesia Open and the Hong Kong Open to reach World No. 1 for the first time in her career. She won the Superseries Finals in Dubai for the second time, becoming the second women's singles player to do so (after Li Xuerui in 2012 and 2013). She also made history by becoming the first women's singles player to reach the finals in the Superseries Finals three times.

Before the 2017 season started,[4] Tai announced that she would skip that year's World Championships in Glasgow. Tai decided to attend the 2017 Summer Universiade not only out of a desire to earn a title[5] for her home country but also for the bigger picture.[6] Since the Summer Universiade was by far the biggest sporting event held in her home country, only second to the Olympic Games, Tai wanted to welcome the world to see Taiwan. President Tsai commended Tai's decision.[7] She won the Special Contribution Award in 2017 Sports Elite Awards.

Tai won her first All England title in March 2017, beating Ratchanok Intanon in the finals. In April, Tai won the Malaysia Open as well as the Singapore Open beating Carolina Marin in the finals two times in two weeks. Her titles in Malaysia and Singapore were her fourth and fifth consecutive ones. Later in April, she won her another title against Akane Yamaguchi in the Asian Championships held in Wuhan, China, marking a sixth consecutive title. It was also the first gold medal for Taiwan in this competition.

After winning 3 matches in the 2017 Sudirman Cup, Tai had extended her winning streak to 27 matches, before losing to Nitchaon Jindapol in the quarterfinals.

In 2018, Tai starting the season participated in the Malaysian Master in which she defeated Chen Yufei in the quarter final and Carolina Marin in a thrilling semi final, coming from a game down, but lost to Ratchanok Intanon in final. A week later, at the Indonesian Master, she won the title after defeating Saina Nehwal of India.

Due to tournament rescheduling, Tai could not defend her 2017 Singapore Open title and lost the world number 1 ranking to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi. But in her next tournament, |the Asian Championships, she won the title after defeating Chen Yufei in the final in Wuhan and regained her world no 1 ranking.

In 2018 BWF World Championships third round, she defeated Zhang Beiwen from United States in straight games (21–19, 21–14) and broke the record of the longest winning streak with 31 consecutive matches won (Indonesia Masters, All England Open, Asian Championships, Uber Cup, Malaysia Open, Indonesia Open, BWF World Championships), while the former record of 30 wins was held by Li Xuerui from China. However, she then lost in the next round to China's He Bingjiao 18–21, 21–7, 13–21.

In 2018 Asian Games, held in Jakarta, she won the gold medal by beating P. V. Sindhu in a straight set in the final, became her first big title in her career.[8] After crowning the women's singles' title of 2018 Denmark Open, her ranking points will coming to 101,517. She becomes the second player in the women's singles category to break 100,000 points, whose the first is Li Xuerui from China, led the points by 101,644. Although she lost the final game of 2018 French Open, she still won 9,350 points, by deleted the 2017 French Open 9,200 points, her points comes to 101,667 eventually, becomes the highest points holder in the women's singles category history. Tai qualified to compete at the World Tour Finals and placed as the top seeds. In the group stage, she was placed in Group A along with Akane Yamaguchi, P. V. Sindhu and Beiwen Zhang. In her first match, she defeated Zhang 21–15, 21–17; lost to Sindhu 21–14, 16–21, 18–21.[9] However, she retired with an injury in her third group stage match against Yamaguchi after losing the first game 17–21 and trailing 12–11 in the second game. Tai did not reveal the nature of the injury or how it occurred.[10]

Playing style[edit]

Tai plays an offensive game, with many calling her style unpredictable and often spontaneous. She is a very adventurous player with huge disguise and she seems to be able to hit the shuttle from just about anywhere with a great range of different shots and angles. Remarkable is also her very relaxed hitting motion. Tai has clocked fast smashes, with the fastest recorded being 360 km/h at the 2016 All England Open quarterfinals,[citation needed] despite her preference of playing slowly so she could set up shots. She has a strong backhand and good net-play, her biggest fault being inconsistent at times. Tai has strong stamina, being muscular and with a six-pack. Tai herself said that she does not follow a certain play or style, and focuses on herself rather than her opponent or strategies. Tai's prodigious talent and deceptive shot-making has earned compliments of many, including BWF commentator Gillian Clark, who has said that Tai is one of the best players to watch in women's singles, and has often complimented her shot-making and talent.

Achievements[edit]

Asian Games[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia India P. V. Sindhu 21–13, 21–16 Gold Gold
2014 Gyeyang Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea China Li Xuerui 16–21, 26–24, 8–21 Bronze Bronze

Asian Championships[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China China Chen Yufei 21–19, 22–20 Gold Gold
2017 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China Japan Akane Yamaguchi 18–21, 21–11, 21–18 Gold Gold
2015 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 22–20, 9–21, 12–21 Bronze Bronze

East Asian Games[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2009 Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong Hong Kong Yip Pui Yin 17–21, 21–17, 19–21 Bronze Bronze

Summer Universiade[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2017 Taipei Gymnasium, Taipei, Taiwan South Korea Lee Jang-mi 21–9, 21–13 Gold Gold
2015 Hwasun Hanium Culture Sports Center, Hwasun, South Korea Thailand Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 12–21, 14–21 Bronze Bronze
2013 Tennis Academy, Kazan, Russia South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 16–21, 27–29 Silver Silver

World University Championships[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Yeomju Gymnasium and Bitgoeul Gymnasium, Gwangju, South Korea Chinese Taipei Pai Hsiao-ma 21–13 Retired Gold Gold

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 Yeomju Gymnasium and Bitgoeul Gymnasium,
Gwangju, South Korea
Chinese Taipei Pai Hsiao-ma Japan Miri Ichimaru
Japan Shiho Tanaka
20–22, 11–21 Silver Silver

Asian Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2009 Stadium Juara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia China Chen Xiaojia 13–21, 13–21 Silver Silver

BWF World Tour (8 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[11] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[12]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 China Open Super 1000 Spain Carolina Marín 21–14, 17–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Singapore Open Super 500 Japan Nozomi Okuhara 21–19, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Malaysia Open Super 750 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–16, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 All England Open Super 1000 China Chen Yufei 17–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 French Open Super 750 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 20–22, 21–17, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Denmark Open Super 750 India Saina Nehwal 21–13, 13–21, 21–6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Chinese Taipei Open Super 300 Denmark Line Kjærsfeldt 17–21, 21–10, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Indonesia Open Super 1000 China Chen Yufei 21–23, 21–15, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Malaysia Open Super 750 China He Bingjiao 22–20, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 22–20, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Indonesia Masters Super 500 India Saina Nehwal 21–9, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Malaysia Masters Super 500 Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 16–21, 21–14, 22–24 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF Superseries (12 titles, 6 runners-up)[edit]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Hong Kong Open India P. V. Sindhu 21–18, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 French Open Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–4, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Singapore Open Spain Carolina Marín 21–15, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Malaysia Open Spain Carolina Marín 23–25, 22–20, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 All England Open Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 21–16, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 BWF Super Series Finals South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 21–14, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Hong Kong Open India P. V. Sindhu 21–15, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Denmark Open Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–19, 14–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Indonesia Open China Wang Yihan 21–17, 21–8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Malaysia Open Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 14–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Singapore Open China Sun Yu 13–21, 21–19, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 BWF Super Series Finals South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 21–17, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Hong Kong Open Japan Nozomi Okuhara 21–19, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Japan Open China Li Xuerui 16–21, 6–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 BWF Super Series Finals China Li Xuerui 8–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Malaysia Open China Yao Xue 21–17, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Japan Open Japan Eriko Hirose 9–21, 21–9, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Singapore Open India Saina Nehwal 18–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (3 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Chinese Taipei Open China Wang Shixian 23–21, 21–6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 16–21, 9–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Chinese Taipei Open Indonesia Lindaweni Fanetri 21–19, 20–22, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 U.S. Open Japan Sayaka Sato 21–16, 19–21, 21–6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Vietnam Open Indonesia Fransisca Ratnasari 19–21, 21–15, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

Invitation Tournament[edit]

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Jeunesse Cup International All Star Chinese Taipei Wang Tzu-wei Denmark Mads Conrad-Petersen
Denmark Line Kjærsfeldt
18–21, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Career overview[edit]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# A SF-B S G NH N/A


Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR Best
Result Year
Grade 1 – BWF events
Olympic Games NH A NH R16 NH R16 NH 0/2 R16 '12, '16
BWF World Championships A NH A WD NH QF QF QF NH WD QF QF NH 0/5 QF '13, '14, '15, '18, '19
BWF World Junior Championships A 2R A QF N/A 0/2 QF '12
Uber Cup NH A NH A NH 5th NH RR NH 5th NH 5th NH 0/4 5th '12, '16, '18
Sudirman Cup A NH A NH 5th NH 5th NH 5th NH 5th NH 5th NH 0/5 5th '11, '13, '15, '17, '19
Grade 2 – BWF World Tour Finals
BWF World Tour Finals NH DNQ F W RR W RR RR 2/6 W '14, '16
Grade 2 – BWF World Tour Super 1000
All England Open A 2R SF 1R 1R SF SF W W F 2/9 W '17, '18
China Open A 1R A 1R 2R A SF QF 1R F 0/6 F '19
Indonesia Open A 1R 2R 1R QF 2R 2R W QF W SF 2/10 W '16, '18
Grade 2 – BWF World Tour Super 750
Denmark Open A 2R QF A 1R 1R 2R F SF W P 1/8 W '18
Japan Open A 2R QF W SF F SF 1R 1R 2R QF 1/10 W '12
French Open A 1R SF A QF 1R SF QF W F P 1/8 W '17
Fuzhou China Open A 1R A QF A WD P 0/2 QF '15
Malaysia Open A Q2 2R 1R W 2R 1R F W W W 4/10 W '13, '16, '17, '18
Grade 2 – BWF World Tour Super 500
Hong Kong Open A 2R A 1R 2R W QF W W SF 3/8 W '14, '16, '17
India Open A 1R A 1R A QF A 0/3 QF '16
Indonesia Masters NH QF QF A NH W A 1/3 W '18
Korea Open A 2R 1R 2R 2R QF QF QF 2R A SF 0/9 SF '19
Malaysia Masters NH A F QF 0/2 F '18
Thailand Open A NH 2R A NH A 0/1 2R '11
Singapore Open A F 2R 2R QF QF F 1R W A W 2/9 W '17, '19
Grade 2 – BWF World Tour Super 300
Australia Open A QF 1R A QF 1R QF SF A 0/6 SF '17
Chinese Taipei Open A Q1 QF QF W F 2R SF W A W A 3/9 W '12, '16, '18
German Open A 1R QF 1R A 0/3 QF '13
Korea Masters A 2R A 0/1 2R '09
Macau Open A 1R A 2R A 0/2 2R '12
New Zealand Open A QF A 0/1 QF '11
Swiss Open A QF 1R QF A 0/3 QF '11, '13
U.S. Open A QF W A 1/2 W '11
Grade 2 – BWF Tour Super 100
Canada Open A NH A SF A 0/1 SF '11
Vietnam Open A F 1R SF A 0/3 F '09
Grade 3 – BWF International Challenge
Indonesia International Challenge 1R A 0/1 1R '07
Malaysia International A 2R A 0/1 2R '09
Vietnam International Q2 A 0/1 Q2 '07
Continental Events
Asian Games NH A NH B NH G NH 1/2 G '18
Badminton Asia Championships A 2R 2R QF QF SF QF W W A 2/8 W '17, '18
Badminton Asia Junior Championships A S 4R A N/A 0/2 S '09
Non World Ranking Events
East Asian Games NH B NH WD NH 0/1 B '09
Universiade N/A NH A NH S NH B NH G NH 1/3 G '17
World University Championships NH N/A NH N/A NH G NH A NH A NH A NH N/A 1/1 G '12
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR Result Year
Best
Total Wins 1 0 9 19 35 24 33 32 33 48 46 59 23 362
Total Losses 2 0 5 14 20 16 16 18 16 13 6 9 5 141
Year-end ranking 158 20 16 10 7 7 9 1 1 1
* Statistics were last updated on 30 July 2019.[13]

Record against selected opponents[edit]

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists. Accurate as of July 23, 2019. Active players are marked in bold.[14]

Player Matches Win Lost Diff. Olympic Games
quarterfinalists
World Championships
semifinalists
Year-end
finalists
China Chen Yufei 13 12 1 +11 '17
China He Bingjiao 9 7 2 +5 '18
China Li Xuerui 14 3 11 –8 '12, '16 '13, '14 '12, '13
Hong Kong Yip Pui Yin 9 9 0 +9 '12
India P. V. Sindhu 14 10 4 +6 '16 '13, '14, '17, '18 '17, '18
India Saina Nehwal 20 15 5 +10 '08, '12 '15, '17 '11
Japan Akane Yamaguchi 17 10 7 +3 '16 '17
Japan Minatsu Mitani 8 5 3 +2 '14
Japan Nozomi Okuhara 9 5 4 +1 '16 '17 '15, '18
South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 27 18 9 +9 '16 '15 '14, '16
Spain Carolina Marín 11 7 4 +3 '16 '14, '15, '18
Thailand Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 9 5 4 +1 '16
Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 25 12 13 –1 '12 '13
China Lu Lan 2 2 0 +2 '08 '09
China Wang Shixian 12 5 7 –2 '10 '10, '12
China Wang Xin 3 2 1 +1 '12 '10, '11
China Wang Yihan 9 5 4 +1 '12, '16 '11 '11, '15
China Zhou Mi 1 0 1 –1 '04 '01, '03 '08
China Zhu Lin 2 1 1 0 '07
Chinese Taipei Cheng Shao-chieh 1 0 1 –1 '04, '12 '05, '11
Denmark Tine Baun 4 2 2 0 '10, '12
France Pi Hongyan 2 0 2 –2 '08 '09
Germany Juliane Schenk 4 1 3 –2 '11 '09
Germany Xu Huaiwen 1 1 0 +1 '08 '05, '06
Indonesia Lindaweni Fanetri 3 1 2 –1 '15
South Korea Bae Yeon-ju 4 3 1 +2 '13 '10

Sponsorships[edit]

Yonex controversy[edit]

During the period of 2016 Summer Olympics, Yonex provided unfit shoes to non-contract Tai. This forced Tai to wear other shoes made by her personal sponsor brand, Victor, without any logo. This event caused a controversy with the Chinese Taipei Badminton Association.[15][16]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
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  15. ^ RIO 2016: Badminton quarrel prompts outrage
  16. ^ Top badminton player Tai Tzu-ying stands by her actions in shoe row

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