Lo­cal bad­minton star Tai makes World No. 3

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHEN WEN- WEI

Tai­wanese bad­minton star Tai Tzu- ying ( ) has of­fi­cially be­come the world’s No. 3 player and set a new high for Tai­wanese women in bad­minton history, ac­cord­ing to the Bad­minton World Fed­er­a­tion’s (BWF) latest world rank­ing.

In the latest re­lease of the BWF rank­ings, Tai rose one place to the third spot, which is the best any Tai­wanese fe­male player has achieved in the women’s sin­gles world rank­ings.

Tai, a 21-year-old study­ing at the Univer­sity of Taipei, is the youngest player to have won the Tai­wan na­tional ti­tle.

Dur­ing the re­cently con­cluded BWF World Cham­pi­onships in Ja- karta, Tai ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nals. She was the only Tai­wanese player to ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals dur­ing the event.

How­ever, she lost to her In­done­sian op­po­nent, Lin­daweni Fantri, on Aug. 15 with a score of 1-2.

Tai pre­vi­ously de­feated Sin­ga­pore’s Chen Jia-yuan and Chi­ne­seCana­dian player Michelle Li Man­shan be­fore ad­vanc­ing to the quar­ter­fi­nals.

The 2015 BWF World Cham­pi­onships, held Aug. 10-18 in Jakarta, was the most im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional bad­minton com­pe­ti­tion be­fore the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

The best world-ranked male Tai­wanese player is Chou Tien-chen ( ). The 25-year-old cur­rently ranks No. 7 in the men’s sin­gles.

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