Tai Tzu-ying at the 2016 Chinese Taipei Open
|Country||Republic of China (Taiwan)|
20 June 1994 |
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||57 kg (126 lb; 9.0 st)|
|Years active||Since 2009|
|Highest ranking||1 (December 1, 2016)|
|Current ranking||1 (August 1, 2017)|
Tai Tzu-ying (Chinese: 戴資穎; pinyin: Dài Zīyǐng; Wade–Giles: Tai Tzu-ying; born on 20 June 1994) is a badminton player from Taiwan. 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 Taiwan badminton history. She became world No. 1 in women's singles in December 2016, and has ranked No. 1 for 29 continuous weeks since then.
Tai was the 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. 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 has a 27-match winning streak since losing to Sung Ji-Hyun at the Superseries Finals. She also won the Hong Kong Super Series twice, in 2014 and 2016.
Tai’s father is a firefighter and the director of Kaohsiung city’s badminton committee. His favorite activity in spare time is playing badminton. Tai started playing badminton as third grader in elementary school. She won the title in the nationwide second division game, and got the access 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 games. She was the runner-up in her first game, Vietnam Open. In July, she represented Kaohsiung City to play in the National Games and went into the quarter final. In the same month, she signed up for Asian Youth Badminton Tournament in Malaysia and became the runner-up. In December, Tai competed at the East Asian Games for Chinese Taipei and won one silver and one bronze medal.
In 2012, she won her first ever Super Series title in Japan Open and made a history as the youngest player who won Super Series title (Currently the third youngest player, after Ratchanok Intanon won the India Open in 2013, and Akane Yamaguchi won the Japan Open 2013).
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. She won the Hong Kong Open in 2014 after winning Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight sets, 21–19, 21–11. She kept her winning streak to the Super Series Finals in Dubai and won the first gold medal for Chinese Taipei in the Super Series finals by beating Sung Ji-hyun in straight sets.
In 2016, Tai won the Indonesia Super Series and the Hong Kong Super Series to reach World No.1 for the first time in her career. She won the Super Series Finals in Dubai for a second time in her career, 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 Super Series Finals for three times. She ends 2016 as the year-end No. 1.
Tai started her 2017 season ranked No. 1, and won her first All England title in March, 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, Malaysia and Singapore being her fourth and fifth consecutive titles. Later in April, she won her first title against Akane Yamaguchi in the Badminton Asia 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 has extended her winning streak to 27 matches, before losing to Nitchaon Jindapol in the quarterfinals in Indonesia.
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, despite her preferring to play slowly so she could set up shots. She has a strong backhand and good net-play, her biggest fault being inconsistency 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.
Individual titles (13)
|Year||Tournament||Opponent in final||Score|
|2014||BWF Superseries Finals||Sung Ji-hyun||21–17, 21–12|
|2016||Indonesia Open||Wang Yihan||21–17, 21–8|
|2016||BWF Superseries Finals||Sung Ji-hyun||21–14, 21–13|
|2017||All England Open||Ratchanok Intanon||21–16, 22–20|
|2017||Malaysia Open||Carolina Marin||23–25, 22–20, 21–13|
|2012||Japan Open||Eriko Hirose||9–21, 21–9, 21–14|
|2013||Malaysia Open||Yao Xue||21–17, 21–14|
|2014||Hong Kong Open||Nozomi Okuhara||21–19, 21–11|
|2016||Hong Kong Open||P. V. Sindhu||21–15, 21–17|
|2017||Singapore Open||Carolina Marin||21–15, 21–15|
|2011||U.S. Open||Sayaka Sato||21–16, 19–21, 21–6|
|2012||Chinese Taipei Open||Lindaweni Fanetri||21–19, 20–22, 22–20|
|2016||Chinese Taipei Open||Wang Shixian||23–21, 21–6|
Individual runners-up (8)
|S. No.||Year||Tournament||Opponent in final||Score|
|1||2013||Super Series Masters Finals||Li Xuerui||21–8, 21–14|
|2||2016||Malaysia Open||Ratchanok Intanon||21–14, 21–15|
|3||2016||Denmark Open||Akane Yamaguchi||19–21, 21–14, 21–12|
|4||2010||Singapore Open||Saina Nehwal||21–18, 21–15|
|5||2014||Japan Open||Li Xuerui||21–16, 21–6|
|6||2015||Singapore Open||Sun Yu||21–13, 19–21, 22–20|
|7||2013||Chinese Taipei Open||Sung Ji-hyun||21–16, 21–9|
|8||2009||Vietnam Open||Fransisca Ratnasari||21–19, 15–21, 21–13|
1R* Since 2012, the preliminary stage consists of 16 groups of either two or three players. Each player plays every other member of the group with the top most player advancing to the knock-out stage, ultimately leading to the winner. In 2012 Summer Olympics, Tai Tzu-Ying advanced to the first round of knock-out stage but lost to Li Xuerui of China in 16-21, 21-23. Meanwhile, in 2016 Summer Olympics, Tai Tzu-Ying also advanced to the first round of knock-out stage but lost to P.V. Sindhu of India in 13-21, 15-21.
Record against selected opponents
Record against Superseries finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists.
- Elisabeth Baldauf 1–0
- Michelle Li 2–1
- Han Li 3–1
- Jiang Yanjiao 0–3
- Li Xuerui 3–11
- Liu Xin 2–2
- Sun Yu 1–5
- Wang Shixian 5–7
- Wang Xin 2–1
- Wang Yihan 5–4
- Yao Xue 1–1
- Lu Lan 2–0
- Tine Baun 2–2
- Pi Hongyan 0–2
- Juliane Schenk 1–3
- Yip Pui Yin 8–0
- Zhou Mi 0–1
- Lindaweni Fanetri 1–2
- Maria Kristin Yulianti 1–0
- P.V. Sindhu 6–3
- Saina Nehwal 8–5
- Akane Yamaguchi 3–3
- Eriko Hirose 3–3
- Minatsu Mitani 4–2
- Nozomi Okuhara 3–3
- Sayaka Sato 4–0
- Shizuka Uchida 1–2
- Bae Youn-joo 3–1
- Sung Ji-hyun 11–9
- Natalia Perminova 3–0
- Kirsty Gilmour 2–0
- Carolina Marín 5–4
- Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 4–4
- Ratchanok Inthanon 7–7
- Cheng Shao-chieh 0–1
- Zhang Beiwen 2–2
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 Chinese Taipei Badminton Association.
- "Tai Tsu Ying". victorsport.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
- "Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying triumphs at badminton event". Taipei Times. 18 July 2011. p. 20. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
- Lee, Chin-wei; Kao, Evelyn. "Tai Tzu-ying wins bronze for Taiwan in women's singles badminton". Central News Agency. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
- RIO 2016: Badminton quarrel prompts outrage
- Top badminton player Tai Tzu-ying stands by her actions in shoe row
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