Tai Tzu Ying looks solid in quarter-final victory
Sebastian Skov Andersen - 10/19/2018 11:31:50 PM

Tai Tzu Ying, the Taiwanese world nr. 1 in the women’s singles category, faced off against Chinese up-and-coming star player, Chen Yufei, in the quarter finals at DANISA DENMARK OPEN 2018 presented by Victor. The two player’s had faced off 9 times before ahead of Friday's match, Tai Tzu Ying having won all of them. despite a fighting effort, Chen Yufei was not able to break Tai’s strong run and was knocked out of the tournament, paving the 24 year old All England winner’s way to the semifinals on saturday. Final score: 21-13, 12-21, 21-12.  

- She plays really well and she is fast, but I always focus on my game, said Tai on why she, unlike many other star players, has never lost against Chen Yufei. 

From the very get go of the match, Tai Tzu Ying looked at her best, playing sharp shots and winning most duels, long or short. In spite of this, the 20 year-old chinese rising star kept Tai within reach for the first dozen rallies before losing her grasp and sending her opponent into the break with a comfortable lead at 11-4. 

Coming out of the break, Chen struggled to break Tai’s spell and never produced enough points to close the gap. The Taiwanese superstar looked continuously exceptional, making minimal mistakes and staying one step ahead in duels. The game ends 21-13 after just 14 minutes. 

In the second game, things looked much brighter for Chen Yufei who scored many points off Taiwanese unforced errors. Tai Tzu Ying looked like a different player on the field, constantly chasing after Chen, and heading into the break with a disadvantage of 7-11. 

Similarly to Chen in the first game, Tai never managed to recover her strong play in the second game. The point-gap between the two player widens, and despite Tai winning a few points near gamepoint, the  Chen soon erases all doubts and takes the game with the score 12-21. 

- I made a lot of errors today, and I hope I won’t tomorrow, said Tai Tzu Ying after the match.  

Heading into the second game, the Taiwanese looked transformed and once again summoned her superstar-form, making close to none unforced errors and playing patiently. Except for a few early-game blunders, she won almost all long duels. Chen fell behind from the start and trailed 11-3 at break. 

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After the break, Tai once again started out strong, her play slightly less sharp and marked by an increase in mistakes. Chen, likewise, struggles to regain the same control she possessed in the second game, and never poses much of a threat to Tai, who wins the third game comfortably at 21-12, advancing to the semifinals on saturday. 

- I want to win all the tournaments that I haven’t won yet, and I will try my best to take home Denmark Open, added Tai Tzu Ying before heading towards the showers. 



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