Tai Tzu-ying Breezes into Olympic Quarterfinals 戴資穎小組賽3連勝 分組第1闖進8強

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Tai Tzu-ying became the third Taiwanese to advance to the quarterfinals of the women's badminton singles at Olympics after she defeated her French opponent comfortably in just 25 minutes. The world no.1 said she has set her sights on winning her first Olympic medal in Tokyo, with the next match scheduled to take place on July 30.


Badminton star Tai Tzu-ying is competing in her third Olympics. In her two previous appearances, she lost in the round of 16. At 8 a.m. Taiwan time on July 28, she faced off against world number 41 Qi Xuefei of France in her third match at the Olympics. Qi did not have a chance against Tai.

Match Broadcast:"There are now 10 game points. Wow, 21 to 10. Tai Tzu-ying effortlessly takes the first game."

Tai completely dominated the first game, making it 21 to 10. At the start of the second game, she made several mistakes, such as hitting returns out. She quickly regained her composure and went on the counteroffensive to regain the lead.

Match Broadcast:"Nice shot, nice shot, nice shot."

Tai won the second game 21 to 13. It took her just 25 minutes to dispatch Qi in straight games. Tai's father watched his daughter compete at home, alongside family and friends. Tai's 90-year-old grandmother scored her granddaughter 100 points for her performance.

Tai Tu Hsiu-lien, Tai Tzu-ying's Grandmother:"She really played well today. (100 points?) That's right."

Tai Nan-kai, Tai Tzu-ying's Father:"As long as she sleeps well, she won't have any problems."

Tai is seeded second. On July 24 and July 26, she defeated Switzerland's Sabrina Jaquet and Vietnam's Thuy Linh, respectively. Her win against Qi put her on top of her group, giving her direct access to the quarterfinals without having to play in the round of 16. This has already equaled the best performance of a Chinese Taipei women's singles badminton player at the Olympics.

 

 

 

第三度挑戰奧運,世界球后戴資穎前兩次都在16強止步,今天台灣時間早上八點的第三場比賽,小戴面對世界排名41的法國選手齊雪霏,她延續前兩日的氣勢,不給對手機會。

球賽轉播:「現在出現了十個局點,哇 21:10,戴資穎很輕鬆地拿下了第一局。」

第一局戴資穎完全壓制對手,以21比10拿下,不過第二局開始,小戴數度出現判斷失誤、回球出界等狀況,但她很快就回神反攻,搶回領先優勢。

球賽轉播:「好球,好球,好球。」

第二局再以21:13,僅花25分鐘直落二擊敗對手,戴資穎的父親戴楠凱,一大早也在家中架起電視,和親友一起準時看轉播,跨海打氣加油,戴資穎90歲的阿嬤更是雙手合十,直說孫女表現100分。

戴資穎奶奶 戴杜秀連表示:「今天她的表現,真的精神不錯。(100分喔?)對。」

戴資穎父親 戴楠凱表示:「她只要有睡得好,應該都沒有什麼問題。」

名列第二種子的戴資穎,24號及26號,分別橫掃瑞士選手賈奎特以及越南選手阮翠玲,加上第三場比賽擊敗齊雪霏,順利以分組第一的成績,跳過16強,直接晉級八強,也追平台灣奧運史上羽球女單成績。

 

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