Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying reaches final of Singapore Open

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Tai Tzu-ying

Tai Tzu-ying

Taipei, April 15 (CNA) Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎), the world's top-ranked women's badminton player, defeated Beiwen Zhang (張蓓雯) of the United States on Saturday to reach the final of the 2017 World BWF Super Series Singapore Open Badminton Championship.

After beating Zhang, the world No. 13, 21-19, 21-15, Tai faces Carolina Marin of Spain in the final.

Tai said after the match that she had not controlled the shuttlecock well enough and made a lot of errors, describing it as a tough match.

She said the biggest challenge in Sunday's final will be herself, but highlighted the need to make fewer mistakes in order to win.

"But if I perform like I did today, I probably will lose quickly," she added.

Tsai also said she wasn't focusing on the possibility of a fifth straight World Super Series title, only on performing to the best of her ability.

She described Marin as tall and powerful, saying that she needs to keep on the move against the 172cm Spaniard. Tai is 163cm tall.

She beat Marin 2-1 to clinch the women's singles title at World BWF Super Series Malaysia Open Badminton Championship on April 9, her fourth straight World Super Series title.

It was Tai's third victory against Marin after defeating her in the BWF Thaihot China Open last year and in the same World Super Series tournament in 2014.

Tai won the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships in March, after titles in Hong Kong and Dubai late last year.

(By Huang Tz-chiang and Lilian Wu)

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