Tai turns tables on Olympic champ Chen to win Thailand Open

Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying hits a return against China’s Chen Yufei during their women’s singles final match at the 2022 Thailand Open badminton tournament in Bangkok on May 22, 2022. (AFP photo)

Badminton’s world number two Tai Tzu-ying exacted revenge against Olympic champion Chen Yufei on Sunday by winning the Thailand Open women’s singles title in a rematch of their final in Tokyo.

The Taiwanese 27-year-old, who lost last year’s Thailand Open final to Spain’s Carolina Marin, got off to a fast start against the Chinese world number four and eventually sealed the win 21-15, 17-21, 21-12.

She sped into a nine-point lead in the first game but Chen, who was part of a Chinese team narrowly defeated by South Korea in last week’s Uber Cup…

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