Chinese Taipei’s 18th Asian Games champion Tai Tzu Ying. © BWF

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Asian Games badminton champion Tai sets new rankings record

Date : 08 Nov 2018

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 8, 2018: Asian Games champion Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei has set a new record for ranking points on the world badminton circuit.

According to the latest rankings issued by the Badminton World Federation, the women’s world No. 1 broke the all-time record for ranking points in a 52-week period with 101,667 points. This eclipsed the previous mark of China's Li Xuerui, who had 101,644 points at the end of 2014.

According to the BWF website, ranking points are calculated based on the 10 best point hauls a player or doubles team has had in tournaments in the last 52 weeks – and Tai has won nine titles in that period: the Hong Kong Open (2017), Indonesia Masters, All England Open, Badminton Asia Championships, Malaysia Open, Indonesia Open, Asian Games, Chinese Taipei Open and, most recently, the Denmark Open.

Although her latest tournament ended in defeat in the final of the Yonex French Open to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, the Chinese Taipei ace is hoping to end the season on a high at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2018 in Guangzhou, China, from December 12-16.

Tai’s brilliant season has already earned her a place in the eight-player finals tournament, which has prize money of 1.5 million USD for the five categories – men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

The 24-year-old Tai from Kaohsiung has a career win-loss record of 335-133 in 468 singles matches and career prize money of over 1.1 million USD, including 392,650 USD in 2018.

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