Taiwan's Tai cruises into badminton quarterfinals at Japan Open

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Taipei, July 25 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) continued her winning streak at the Yonex Japan Open Thursday, beating her Indonesian opponent to cruise into the quarterfinals.

Tai downed Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in two straight games -- 21-18, 21-15 -- in the second round of the tournament at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Tokyo.

Tunjung, who had never beaten Tai in their previous encounters, managed to take an early lead with 12-10, but finally finding her tempo, Tai went on the attack with consecutive points to tie the game 18-18, before finally winning the first game.

Despite falling behind again early in the second, Tai, the world No. 1, managed to regain her aggression halfway through the game before edging out her opponent to take the match.

Tai will next face Canadian Michelle Li, who is world No. 14 on the Badminton World Federation (BWF) women's singles ranking.

The 2019 Yonex Japan Open 2019 is a BWF World Tour 750 event taking place July 23-28. It has a total purse of US$750,000.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin)
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