Taipei: World No. 1 women’s singles player Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan received her master degree from Graduate Institute of Sports Training, University of Taipei, alongside other students during commencement ceremonies in Taipei on Saturday.
In addition to her master degree, she was also honored with awards such as the Taipei Mayor’s Award and Award for Outstanding Contribution to Non-Academic Fields.
Tai overtook the Rio Olympic women’s singles champion Carolina Marin of Spain on December 1, 2016 after her victory over India’s PV Sindhu at the 2016 Hong Kong Open final and had since stayed at the top of Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings for 67 consecutive weeks.
“I was scheduled to be somewhere else today, but that event was cancelled, that’s why I’ve decided to attend the graduation ceremony,” said Tai.
“This is the first time I put on the graduation cap and gown, it’s so cool,” added Tai.
Tai has been admitted to the doctoral program of the Graduate Institute of Sports Training, but before that, she is going to get ready for the Malaysia Open that will be held from Jun 26 to Jul 1 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.