Taiwanese world No. 1 loses in BWF World Championships quarterfinals

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Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton player Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) lost to He Bingjiao of China in the quarterfinals of the badminton world championships in Nanjing Friday, ending her record run of 31 consecutive match wins in women's badminton singles.

Currently ranked World No. 1, Tai fell to seventh-ranked He 18-21, 21-7, 13-21 in a match that lasted 55 minutes.

Prior to the game on Friday, the Taiwanese player had only lost once to her Chinese opponent in their past seven matches, at the BWF Singapore Open in 2016.

"Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement, and especially those who came to cheer for me at the game," Tai posted on her Facebook page after the match in Nanjing.

The defeat that day was her fourth career loss in the quarterfinals of the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) world championships event, falling in the same round in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

However, the Taiwanese player has dominated the circuit this year winning five championship titles -- the Indonesia Masters, All England, Badminton Asia Championships, Malaysia Open and Indonesia Open.

In other matches that day, Taiwanese Chou Tien-chen (周天成) fell to Shi Yuqi of China 21-16, 15-21, 18-21 in the men's singles quarterfinals.

The BWF World Championships is being held from July 30 to Aug. 5 at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre in China.

(By Lee Chin-wei and Ko Lin)

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