Asian Games: Tai Tzu-ying targets Super Series Finals trophy

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Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) / CNA file photo

Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) / CNA file photo

Jakarta, Aug. 29 (CNA) After winning a landmark gold at the Asian Games Tuesday, Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎), the world's top women's singles badminton player, revealed her next goal is to win the new year-end Super Series Masters Finals trophy.

Tsai told CNA that she toured the workshop where the trophy was made and has seen first hand how impressive it looks.

"It looks pretty. Hoping (I) can get my hands on it," she said.

This is not the first time Tai has contested the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Super Series Finals, an annual tournament held at the end of the year where the players with the most points from the 12 BWF Super Series events that year compete for prize money of US$1 million or more. Tai won the tournament in 2014 and 2016.

Tai defeated world No. 3 Pusarla V. Sindhu of India 21-13, 21-16 in the final of the women's singles at the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games Tuesday, winning Taiwan's first ever gold medal in badminton at the games.

Asked what the medal means to her, the 24-year-old from Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan said she hopes the success of her and her teammates will encourage more people to take an interest in badminton.

"Now, more and more Taiwanese children learn to play badminton. Our achievements could give them access to more resources," said Tai, expecting the sport to receive greater backing after the team's historic performance.

On Tuesday, Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen (周天成) won a silver medal in the men's singles in Jakarta and Taiwanese players secured bronze in the men's doubles and men's team event.

(By Lung Po-an and Elizabeth Hsu)
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