Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying advances to semifinals at Malaysia Open

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Photo courtesy of a private contributor

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Singapore, June 29 (CNA) Taiwan's top badminton player and world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) advanced to the women's singles seminfinals at the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open 2018 after defeating the host country's Goh Jin Wei with straight games 21-15 and 21-15 on Friday.

The 24-year-old defending champion took a while to warm up in the opening game and began to rally her plays after trailing her 18-year-old rival 6-11 at the mid game interval break.

In the second game, Tai demonstrated her superiority over her Malaysian rival and won the match in a relatively easier manner.

Tai will take on India's Pusarla V. Sindhu in the semifinals Saturday. The world No. 1 has won eight of the 11 competitions with Sindhu and their last four meetings since the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

In the men's singles, Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen (周天成) failed to advance further after losing to Japan's top player Kento Momota in the quarterfinals with straight games 21-19 and 21-11.

The Malaysia Open is an HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament with a total purse of US$700,000.

(By Huang Tzu-chiang and Romulo Huang)

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