Tai Tzu Ying ( 戴資穎 )

Singapore Open 2010 unveils a raw diamond

Perhaps the best non-China youth to come after Saina Nehwal is arguably the fresh-faced Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipeh.

It seems out of nowhere then suddenly Tai appears in Singapore to astound many of the best women singles players in the Singapore Open. I did not pay much attention to her in the earlier rounds as she seemed relatively slow in her movements for one so young. In addition she revelled in her high serves, quite a departure from the more popular low service.

But as the competition progressed this young lady of grit and determination began to show her true colours. And one by one, her opponents fell by the wayside. Her only stumbling block in the final was none other than Saina herself, who defeated both Lu Lan (SF) and newcomer Li Xuerui (QF) that China had on offer.

I’m sure many eyes will be upon this raw gem from Taiwan and watch her progress closely. ;)

Some pictures of Tai during the QF when she defeated Linda Zechiri of Bulgaria 21-10, 16-21, 21-15.