Taipei: Tai Tzu Ying has earned many titles as a badminton player, but now, she also made her presence felt in academia by earning her doctoral degree from the Institute of Sports Training at the University of Taipei.
The former World No. 1 Tai is currently in Jakarta, Indonesia preparing for the 2022 Indonesia Open, but she recorded a video message that was played at her school’s graduation ceremony on Monday.
“Athletics required a lot of hard work, but you also can’t give up on school. School increases your knowledge, it can also be helpful to your sports career, as it can help you find new approaches to solving problems you encountered.
When you encountered difficulty, you may feel sad or cry, but you can’t give up. If you believe in yourself and persevere, you won’t feel regret when you look back at your life.
You only get one go at life, so let’s work together and give it our all,” said Tai.
Tai got her Bachelor’s, Master and Ph.D. at the same school, the University of Taipei.
Throughout her study, not only that she was able to keep up with her training, and she also held the record of the longest streak as world number one in women’s singles for a total of 213 weeks before Akane Yamaguchi of Japan took over the World No. 1 spot on May 3, 2022.
The current World No. 2 Tai will open against Yeo Jia Min of Singapore in the first round of the 2022 Singapore Open on Wednesday.