TAI Tzu Ying is the Champion of Asia, securing the title for a third time with an unyielding display of aggression and precision against AN Se Young in the final.
TTY’s dominance stunned her Korean rival. By refusing to be lured into long rallies; she seized the opportunity to be the aggressor and deployed smashes, drives and drops wherever possible. AN Se Young had taken to the court with a heavily strapped knee and as the match progressed, she struggled to disrupt Tzu Ying’s progress. Under enormous pressure she was misjudging length and line calls as the score kept ticking up.
TAI Tzu Ying kept control over the tempo of the encounter well. The courts in Dubai have helped athletes who kindle and harness speed; she showed no fear. Totally trusting her game plan – and instinct to attack – her hunger for points was unstoppable. Set one flew by in twelve minutes: 21-10. Set two followed a similar pattern and was closed out 21-14.
As TAI Tzu Ying contemplates the end of her career, I am sure she recognizes the preciousness of each moment on court. As fans we see an added depth and poignancy to every contest, relishing each hard-fought title. This latest win just serves to reinforce her place amongst the legends of the sport. The Queen is the Queen.
If you enjoyed this then take a look at this one from my archive that I wrote after TTY won the All England for the third time https://womensbadminton.co.uk/2020/03/23/tai-tzu-ying-the-triple-champion/ or this one about AN Se Young https://womensbadminton.co.uk/2023/03/03/an-se-young/
Autumn leaves falling
TAI Tzu Ying steps on the court
Still she bewitches
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