BADMINTON Preview: World no. 1 Tzu-Ying Tai headlines Chinese Taipei Open

No. 1-ranked Tzu Ying Tai of Chinese Taipei (Photo: BWF)

The BWF Tour through Asia continues with the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open in Taipei City, continuing through Sunday. The top seeds:

∙ Men’s Singles:
1. Tien Chen Chou (TPE)
2. Tzu Wei Wang (TPE)

∙ Men’s Doubles:
1. Hung Ling Chen/Chi-Lin Wang (TPE)
2. Jhe-Huei Lee/Yang Lee (TPE)

∙ Women’s Singles:
1. Tzu Ying Tai (TPE)
2. Michelle Li (CAN)

∙ Women’s Doubles:
1. Ayako Sakuramoto/Yukiko Takahata (JPN)
2. Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao (JPN)

∙ Mixed Doubles:
1. Chi-Lin Wang/Chia Hsin Lee (TPE)
2. Yang Lee/Ya Ching Hsu (TPE)

Defending champions in the fields include Chou in men’s Singles (who won in 2016 and 2017), and Chen and Wang in men’s Doubles. Chou, ranked no. 4 worldwide. won last week at the Korean Open, and he and 2012 & 2016 winner Tai will be big favorites in front of home fans.

Tai is currently ranked no. 1 in the world in the BWF rankings and won the Asian Games gold medal and three BWF World Tour events so far, including the All-England Open, Indonesia Open and Malaysia Open.

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