Local badminton star Tai makes World No. 3
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.