Taipei: World No. 1 women’s singles player Tai Tzu Ying celebrated her 26-year-old birthday on June 20th, and received birthday greetings and wishes from fans around the world.
It was about 10 years ago, the 16-year-old Tai Tzu Ying has laid the foundation to achieve something big with her badminton career.
Tai, who was ranked 118th in the World in June 2010, was put on the waiting list in the Singapore Open. Fortunately, a player withdrew, and she was offered a qualifier spot and eventually managed to qualify for the main draw.
She became a worldwide badminton sensation at Singapore that week as Tai defeated Bae Youn-Joo of Korea 21-16, 21-18 in the Singapore Open semi-final, which was also a day before her 16th birthday.
Although she lost to Saina Nehwal of India 18-21, 15-21 on her 16-year-old birthday, but her future remained bright. She finished runner-up at the Singapore Open in 2010, and 2015, but claimed the title in 2017 and 2018.
As of today, the 26-year-old Tai has accumulated 10 BWF World Tour titles, 12 BWF Super Series titles, and 3 BWF Grand Prix titles. Tai also held the record for the most weeks at women’s singles World No. 1 with a total of 148 weeks since December 2016.