Taipei, April 9 (CNA) Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎), the world's top woman badminton player, clinched the women's singles title at the 2017 World BWF Super Series Malaysia Open Badminton Championship Sunday, beating Spain's Carolina Marin 2-1.
This was Tai's fourth straight World Super Series title after she ended last year with titles in Hong Kong and the season finale in Dubai, and won the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships in Birmingham in March.
Tai has been the world's top-ranked woman player since December 2016, when she clinched the women's singles title at the Hong Kong Open.
She then won the Dubai and All England Open titles and has been nearly invincible in competition.
Tai defeated South Korea's third seed Sung Ji-Huyn in the semi-final 2-1 on Saturday to advance to the final.
When she took on Marin in the final, Tai got past her Spanish opponent 25-23 22-20 21-13.
It was Tai's third victory against Marin after she defeated the Spaniard in the BWF Thaihot China Open last year and in the same World Superseries tournament in 2014.
The Super Series Malaysia Open event is a top-tier competition on the Badminton World Federation calendar and carries a purse of US$600,000.
(By Oscar Wu and Evelyn Kao)