A Dream of the Badminton Queen - Tai Tzu Ying’s Maiden Olympic medal would not be a mirage

by Badminton Scholar


Posted on Mon Dec 21 2020


A Dream of the Badminton Queen - Tai Tzu Ying’s Maiden Olympic medal would not be a mirage

Earlier unconfirmed news about her retirement and the postponement of Summer Olympic to July 2021 are making Tai Tzu's fans disappointed. Not only her, their fans too are waiting for her maiden Olympic medal for the past one decade.

"I will play until the end of next season before I revisit the decision. As of now I want to finish next season's schedule.", Tai Tzu.

26 years old Taiwan Badminton player Tai Tzu Ying was born 20 June 1994 and became world number one at her age 22. She holds the record for most weeks ranked BWF World Number One with 176 weeks (as of 1st Nov 2020). Tai Tzu made her debut in the international tournament in 2007 Vietnam International. When she was in junior circuit, she made the expectation for a quality badminton from her by winning Silver medals in Asia Junior Championship and BWF Super 100 Vietnam Open in 2009.

In 2011, Tai Tzu won her maiden BWF title BWF Super 300 US Open and ended the year with World Rank 16. After that she had won 22 BWF World tour and Super series titles till now. Even though she holds the World No. 1 for most time and won more BWF titles, Olympic medal has been a dream of hers since 2012.

In Rio 2016, Indian PV Sindhu broke her Olympic medal dream by beating Tai Tzu by dominating 21 13, 21 15 in the quarter finals.

2012 London was her first Olympic when she was World Rank 16. Tai Tzu lost in the pre quarter finals to Li Xuerui (CHN) who won the Olympic Gold in London and Indian Saina Nehwal bagged the Bronze which is the maiden Olympic medal for India from Badminton.

"It's a disappointment for her to miss the Olympic medal which is dream till now"

Tai Tzu was the 8th seeded player of 2016 Olympic at Rio. Indian PV Sindhu broke her Olympic medal dream by beating Tai Tzu by dominating 21 13, 21 15 in the quarter finals. PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin clinched their maiden Olympic Silver and Gold Medals respectively.

"Ratchanok Intanon, Thailand is the only player with a better one to one winning record against her."

Though 2012 was a successful year for her by winning World tour Finals and reaching world No. 1 for the first time, it's a disappointment for her to miss the Olympic medal which is dream till now.

During her career, next to Li Xuerui, China, Ratchanok Intanon, Thailand is the only player with a better one to one winning record against her.

Tai Tzu won 362 matches out of 502(72%). She won 22 BWF World tour and Super series titles. She was Asian Champion, World University Champion, and Top Seeded Player. During 2019, she was the podium finisher in 10 BWF Tour and Super Series Tournaments.

With these potentialities and expectations, her third Olympic, Tokyo 2020 will give the answer for her decade dream.

"Her unpredictable, spontaneous and offensive game playing style will make her dream true, not a mirage."

Not just yet. News about her retirement has come in recent times. But she puts an end to it. Tai Tzu says that her retirement has been postponed for now. "I will play until the end of next season before I revisit the decision. As of now I want to finish next season's schedule," she said to BWF media. And she added with fun that, "With no competition ongoing right now, that means there's less media exposure – I hope people won't forget about me!" Tai's prodigious talent and deceptive shot-making has earned compliments from many Badminton Fans.  And her fans are wishing and praying that her unpredictable, spontaneous and offensive game playing style will make her dream true, not a mirage.


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