Taiwan’s top female and male badminton player are poised to win their fourth Taipei Open singles titles after putting on a clinic in their respective semifinals held at Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium on Saturday.
Women’s World No. 2 Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) overpowered world No. 42 compatriot Hsu Wen-chi (許玟琪) in straight games 21-14, 21-17 in a singles semifinal match that lasted 33 minutes, while in the men’s singles semifinals, World No. 4 Chou Tien-chen (周天成) outplayed world No. 59 Soong Joo Ven (宋俊偉) of Malaysia 21-12, 21-12 in 41 minutes.
It was the first-ever matchup between Tai and Hsu, while Chou extended his head-to-head over Soong to 3-0, following wins at the Indonesia Masters earlier this year and the Australian Open in 2019.
In the finals Tai meets Japan’s world No. 35 Saena Kawakami while Chou faces Japan’s world No. 38 Kodai Naraoka.
Tai and Chou are three-time Taipei Open title holders and are set to both win a fourth title if they prevail in the final.
Tai won the title in 2012, 2016, and 2018, while Chou won back-to-back titles in 2016 to 2017, and the tournament’s last edition in 2019. Speaking to media on Saturday, Tai said she hopes to stay focused and reduce her unforced errors in the final.
“Japanese shuttlers are very patient and play at a good level, while also displaying strong athleticism,” Tai said.
If Tai defeats Kawakami in the final, it will also be her third title this season, following back-to-back wins at the Thailand Open in May and Indonesia Open in June.
Chou, who is eyeing his first title this season, said the most important thing is to play well in the final.
“This is our homecourt and we should play well in order to properly defend it,” Chou said.
Meanwhile, in the men’s doubles semifinals Taiwan’s Olympic gold medalists Lee Yang (李洋) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) defeated Malaysian pairing Boon Xin Yuan (文鑫源) and Wong Tien Ci (黃天啟) 21-10, 21-14 in a match that lasted 33 minutes.
Lee and Wang meet world No. 36 Malaysian pairing Man Wei Chong (萬緯聰) and Tee Kai Wun (鄭凱文)in the final.
The 2022 Taipei Open, a Super 300 event that carries a total purse of US$500,000 (NT$14.906 million), is being held at Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium with 92 players from 26 countries.
The tournament was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel