Tai Tzu Ying Wins Indonesia Open Ahead of 28th Birthday

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Tai Tzu Ying (R) and Wang Zhi Yi pose for pictures at the 2022 Indonesia Open awards ceremony. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)
Tai Tzu Ying (R) and Wang Zhi Yi pose for pictures at the 2022 Indonesia Open awards ceremony. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)

Jakarta: Just one day before her 28th birthday, the World No. 2 Tai Tzu Ying was being hoisted through a sea of euphoric spectators at the Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta, when Tai staged a strong comeback to beat World No. 14 Wang Zhi Yi of China 21-23, 21-6, 21-15 to win her third Indonesia Open title (2016, 2018, 2022) on Sunday.

“Today’s match was as difficult as yesterday’s semi-final (against Chen Yufei), but I am very happy because a lot of fans were cheering for me, and that motivated me to win today’s match,” said Tai.

“Wang Zhi Yi is a very stable player, her control was very good, which forced me to commit a lot of errors,” added Tai.

Sunday’s victory was also Tai’s fourth Super 1000 title, and she’s currently the only women’s singles player who had won the most Super 1000 title since the Badminton World Federation (BWF) replaced the Superseries tournaments with ‘BWF World Tour’ in 2018.

Viktor Axelsen was the only male player to be able to win four Super 1000 titles, including 2020, 2022 All England, and 2021, 2022 Indonesia Open.

In mixed doubles, last week’s Indonesia Masters winners – Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong successfully overcame Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino of Japan 21-14, 21-16 to win their second title in two weeks.

The Japanese women’s pairs dominated the women’s doubles final when Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida came back from dropping the first game to outlast their seniors – Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota 18-21, 21-14, 21-17 for the women’s doubles title.

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