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Tai Tzu-ying Turns Tables on Olympic Champ Chen Yufei to Win Thailand Open

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Last Updated: May 22, 2022, 14:23 IST

Bangkok

Chen Yufei and Tai Tzu-ying (Twitter)

Chen Yufei and Tai Tzu-ying (Twitter)

Tai Tzu-ying defeated Chen Yufei 21-15, 17-21, 21-12 to win the women's singles crown at the Thailand Open

World number two Tai Tzu-ying gained some revenge over Olympic champion Chen Yufei on Sunday by winning the Thailand Open women’s singles final 21-15, 17-21, 21-12.

Their encounter was a rematch of last year’s Tokyo Olympics final where Tai, who was the world number one at the time, could only come away with silver.

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The Taiwanese 27-year-old, who lost the Thailand Open final to Spain’s Carolina Marin last year, was off to a fast start as she sped into a nine-point lead in the first game against China’s world number four Chen and took it 21-15.

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Chen, who was part of the Chinese women’s team which was narrowly defeated by South Korea in last week’s Uber Cup final in Bangkok, forced the match to a decider.

But Tai quickly opened up a seven-point lead and rode the momentum to claim victory.

Malaysia’s world number six Lee Zii Jia faces China’s Li Shifeng in the men’s singles final later on Sunday.

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first published:May 22, 2022, 14:23 IST
last updated:May 22, 2022, 14:23 IST