Tai Tzu Ying: Taiwan’s Sporting Icon

Is Tai Tzu Ying the best ever women’s singles player?

My top takeaway from watching her at the All England Open Championships this year is that it would be impossible to name anyone else who plays in such an exciting way. She became World Number 1 back in 2016 after a dominant year and has been at the top ever since; winning back to back singles titles at the All England in 2017 and 2018.

A few years back when I first started watching her, I was confused by her unhurried style. She keeps smiling and keeps winning. No one is number 1 in the world by chance so I started to try and understand why she is so successful.

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What sets her apart is her mind-blowing deception. She is a true artist: racket in hand, the quality of her trickery is amazing. Check out the compilation video posted by Shuttle Flash on YouTube. The variation in her game – the range of shots and angles – is staggering. She caresses the shuttle with deadly accuracy and finishes off rallies in jaw dropping style.

Video courtesy Shuttle Flash

Tai skims over the court and covers the corners with ease – moving in her own dance – all smooth agility and balance. She is so relaxed and at one with her game that her opponents have to put their foot on the gas to compete. Like many top sport stars time seems to expand to contain her talent.

She is a very brave player who is relentless in her pursuit of her opponent. This method of constantly daring her rival to match her sublime flair is exciting to watch but must be psychologically exhausting to play against…And, the best ever? Well, maybe not yet, she has no Olympic Gold, but the prospect of the women’s singles competition at Tokyo 2020 is just fascinating. Who do you think will win it? Chen Yufei? Or maybe Akane Yamaguchi? Let me know via comments.

There is stacks of talent in the women’s game at the moment but Tai Tzu Ying is extraordinary in her genius and I never get bored of her endless brilliance.

6 thoughts on “Tai Tzu Ying: Taiwan’s Sporting Icon

  1. Yes Tai Tzu very extraordinary badminton. Her flair on the court only to be watched . It is so mesmerizing. I get impression that d
    She can play blindfolded. Always looks cheerful on the court. But her loss to Chen in All England open was bit surprising. She has best chance 2019 Olympic gold but we have to see.

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      1. She always say, enjoy the game. Sometime lose is normal. No one perfect, right? I admire her positive thinking, and good lesson learn for me. Henry Lai yausiang.

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      2. She is great at resetting her concentration in the middle of a game if she loses a few points. You’re right – I love her positive outlook too. She is a fantastic ambassador for our sport!

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    1. Roger Federer does not have Olympic gold, too.
      She already got All England in 2017 and 2018. And Chen is one of the best badminton in China, now. It is not surprising for me.

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