Taiwanese badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying sets new world rankings record

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Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) / CNA file photo

Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) / CNA file photo

Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) Taiwanese world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) has set a new record for ranking points based on the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women's singles rankings that came out on Thursday.

Tai broke the all-time record for ranking points in a 52-week period with 101,667 points, topping the record high previously set by China's Li Xuerui, who had 101,644 points at the end of 2014.

Li was world No. 1 for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014, while Tai has topped the rankings since Dec. 1, 2016 except for two weeks in April 2018.

According to the BWF website, ranking points are calculated based on the 10 best point hauls a player or doubles team has had in tournaments in the last 52 weeks.

Over that time, Tai has played in 15 individual tournaments and won nine of them and also competed in a team event, the Total BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018.

She earned ranking points for the team event (9,517) as well as for eight of nine of her titles.

The only one not included was her win at the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2018 in early October, which only was worth 7,000 ranking points because of a lower level of competition.

Instead, her total included the 9,350 points earned for finishing second at last week's Yonex French Open 2018.

Over the past 52 weeks, Tai has won the women's singles title at the Hong Kong Open (2017), Indonesia Masters, All England Open, Badminton Asia Championships, Malaysia Open, Indonesia Open, Asian Games, Chinese Taipei Open, and most recently the Denmark Open.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin)
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