Tai fails to defend title at the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open
CNATAIPEI -- Defending champion Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan had to settle for second in the women's singles of this year's Yonex Chinese Taipei Open after losing to Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea 21-16, 21-9 on Sunday.
September 9, 2013, 4:16 pm TWN
Tai, currently ranked eighth in the world, was unable to put up much resistance against the world No. 6 Sung and fell in just 38 minutes. Sung and Tai were the top two seeds in the badminton tournament.
Struggling to recapture her peak form, the 19-year old Tai said she was hampered on Sunday by a left knee that has given her problems since early in the year and acted up again on Saturday.
“It didn't give me any trouble in my earlier matches, but on the last point yesterday I twisted my leg and today it was sore. It hurt,” Tai said. “I knew yesterday I wouldn't be able to put up much of a fight against Sung Ji-hyun.”
Doctors have yet to figure out what exactly is wrong with Tai's chronic injury, but she said “the knee just feels weak and when I move, there's no power off of it.”
Tai also lost to Sung 21-16, 29-27 in the women's singles finals at the Summer Universiade in July this year.
In men's doubles, Taiwan's fourth-seeded duo of Tsai Chia-hsin and Lee Sheng-mu finished second after losing to the second seeds, Kim Ki-jung and Kim Sa-rang of South Korea, 21-11, 21-11.
“We weren't able to play up to our standard. We couldn't match the pace of our opponents. They dominated the match,” Lee said.
The five major events of the Taipei tournament, which began on Sept. 3, were swept by players from the same country for the first time since it was held in 1980.
South Korea's Wan Ho-son defeated Tien Minh Nguyen from Vietnam to win the men's singles title and South Korean teams also won the women's doubles and mixed doubles events.