Dubai: World No. 1 women’s singles player Tai Tzu Ying whose father is a firefighter in Taiwan, made Taiwanese badminton history on Sunday by becoming the first Taiwanese player to ever win two BWF Superseries Finals titles.
Tai dispatched Sung Ji-hyun of Korea 21-14 and 21-13 to bag the BWF World Superseries title, which she also won in 2014 against the same opponent when she beat Sung with 21-17, 21-12 in the 2014 edition.
The South Korean Sung who had beaten Ratchanok Intanon, He Bingjiao and Tai Tzu Ying in the Group stage, and P.V. Sindhu in the semifinals, couldn’t recapture her form of the previous matches, making a lot of unforced errors late in the second set and couldn’t keep up with Tai’s fast game pace style to go down in 38 minutes.
When asked about what she felt after winning her second world Superseries title, Tai said: “Winning the title two years ago was a great experience, and winning the title for second time makes it even more unforgettable.”
“I tried not to put too much pressure on myself in every game I played,” Tai added.
Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan of China showed they set to dominate the women’s doubles category for many years to come when the teenagers from China pulled off a huge upset to beat Olympic champions and No. 1 seeds Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi of Japan 21-15, 13-21, 21-17 in 76 minutes.
Chen Qingchen then enjoyed a double joy later Sunday when she and Zheng Siwei saw off England’s husband-and-wife pair Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock 21-14, 21-19 to win the mixed doubles title.