In Focus: Chinese Taipei Badminton Champ Tai Tzu Ying
Author : Jeremy Hughes | Published On : 13 Nov 2023
Tai Tzu Ying is a formidable player in the game of badminton. Her indomitable spirit and exceptional talent have made a name for her country Chinese Taipei. Let’s find out more about Tai Tzu Ying and how she is an inspiration to not only her country but every badminton enthusiast around the globe.
1. Women’s Singles World Rank: 4
2. Women’s Singles World Tour Rank: 5
3. Career Best Ranking: 1
4. World No. 1 rank holder for the longest time of 214 weeks
5. Silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
6. Gold medal at the 2017 Summer Universiade and the 2018 Asian Games.
7. Three-time winner of BWF Superseries/World Tour Finals, All England Open, and Asian Championships.
1. Birth Date: 2oth June 1994
2. Country: Taiwan/Chinese Taipei
3. Height: 1.63m (5 ft. 4 inches)
4. Handedness: Right
5. Coach: Lai Chien-cheng
Tai Tzu Ying’s Most Recent Wins and Achievements
Let’s take a look at Tai’s performance in the current year of 2023.
1. Yonex French Open (Rennes, France): On 29th October 2023, Tai Tzu Ying lost the final of the French Open to Chen Yu Fei and secured the second position in the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament. She lost the match in two straight sets: 17-21 and 20-22.
2. Victor China Open 2023 ( Changzhou, China): Tai Tzu Ying won the bronze medal at the China Open by losing the semi-final against World No. 1 singles player An Se Young.
3. Daihatsu Japan Open 2023 (Tokyo, Japan): Tai won the bronze medal at the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament after an intense semi-final match with An Se Young. She lost in two straight sets of 17-21 and 12-21. The match lasted 45 minutes.
4. Korea Open 2023 (Yeosu, Korea): Ying reached the final of the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament. She fought the finale against An Se Young and secured a silver medal.
5. Yonex Taipei Open 2023 (Taipei, Chinese Taipei): Held from 20-25 June, Tai won the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300 against Beiwen Zhang from the USA. She won the match in two straight sets of 21-14 and 21-17. The match lasted for 31 minutes.
6. KFF Singapore Open (Singapore, Singapore): She won the bronze at the KFF Open by losing the semis to An Se Young.
7. Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships 2023 (Birmingham, England): Held in March, Tai secured third place in the All England Open.
8. Petronas Malaysia Open 2023 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia): Held from 10-15 January 2023, Tai Tzu Ying secured the bronze medal at the Malaysia Open. She lost the semi-final to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.
Learn more about Chinese Taipei’s very own Badminton Prodigy
Influenced by her illustrious father, Tai started playing badminton as early as fourth/fifth grade in elementary school. By the time she was in sixth grade, she started competing at the National ranking tournament! She was the youngest player ever to compete in the country’s first-division tournaments.
She made her international debut at the 2007 Vietnam International. In 2009, she secured the silver medal at the Asian Junior Championships. In the same year, she won a bronze in the women’s singles category at the East Asian Games. Her team won the silver medal during the same tournament.
She won her first international title in 2011 at the U.S. Open. She also reached the semi-finals of several important tournaments during the same year and defeated the then-top badminton players. In 2012, she won her first Superseries title at the Japan Open. At that time, she was the youngest player to have won a Superseries title. She also won the Chinese Taipei Open in the same year.
In 2014, she won Taiwan’s first-ever badminton bronze medal at the Asian Games. She also registered a win at the 2014 Hong Kong Open.
She reached the World No. 1 rank in 2016 after winning the Indonesia Open and the Hong Kong Open. She also won the Superseries Finals again and created history by becoming only the second women's singles player to achieve this feat after Li Xuerui.
She received the Special Contribution Award in the 2017 Sports Elite Awards for participating in the Summer Universiade and displaying the rich tradition of Taiwan to the world. She won her first All England Open title in March. And the Malaysian Open in April. She also won the Asian Championships in the same year, making it the first gold medal for Taiwan in the tournament.
2018 was a memorable year for her. Tai secured the silver at the Malaysian Masters and the gold medal at the Indonesian Masters. She also won the Asian Championships, Asian Games and reached the third round of the BWF World Championships in the same year. She secured first place at the Denmark Open. After her silver at the French Open, she became the highest point holder in the history of the women’s singles category.
In 2019, she had a few upsets but regained her form with back-to-back titles at the Malaysia Open and Singapore Open. She also won the Denmark Open in the same year. She won the All England Open Title and BWF Female Player of the Year in 2020. During the same period, she won her fifth BWF World Tour Finals. She won silver at the Tokyo Olympics.
Spontaneous and Aggressive: The Unique Playing Style of Tai Tzu Ying
Coaches and fellow players have called her playing style spontaneous because she believes in taking risks and hits the shuttlecock in innovative ways. She can play deceptive shots well and confuse the competitor to win important points.
Her net shots are phenomenal and her strong backhand makes her a formidable player on the court. With her superior endurance, athletic build and aggressive playing style, she can hit smashes in quick succession.
The Victor-ious Tai Tzu Ying’s Favorite Badminton Gear
Did you know Tai has been associated with Victor for a long time? The company sponsors the Chinese Taipei Olympic team members including Tai Tzu Ying. She uses the latest Victor Thruster TTY A racket for precise attacking. The racket enhances her ability to hit powerful smashes and makes transmission of energy quick and effortless. She likes the Victor VBS 66 Nano badminton string and the GR262-3 anti-slip grip.
She currently endorses the P9200TTY badminton shoes that are an improvement on the classic P9200 shoes. The latest model has new midsole construction and advanced materials for more bounce and support.
Tai uses the heat-insulated and UV-protected BR9213TTY AJ badminton bag to keep her rackets in good shape. She is seen using badminton apparel and a backpack from the latest Victor Tai Tzu Ying Collection.
Indefiable and Boundless Influence on the Game
Victor has aptly launched the TTY collection on their 55th year of anniversary. It exemplifies her indefiable and boundless influence on the game of badminton.
Her motto of “believe in yourself” is truly an inspiration for young badminton players who want to excel at the game and make a successful sports career.