Tai Schools Rio Medal Favorites to Win Jakarta, Lee/Yoo Victorious too


Having dropped to world number 9 this week and unseeded, #TeamVICTOR’s Tai Tzu Ying rattled off four Top-6 victories in a row to claim her first career Superseries Premier title at the BCA Indonesia Open 2016. Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong, having been into the semifinals in every single Superseries tournament they’ve played this year, finally secured the trophy in Jakarta in a three-game thriller in Sunday’s final.
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Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying catured her fourth Superseries title and first at Superseries Premier level. Credit: Badmintonphoto
Tai has dished out single-digit games to some of the best players in the world this week. The 21-year-old Taiwanese fought past 2012 London Olympics champion, world no.4 Li Xuerui in the second round and seemed to raise herself into a different league, picking up three more top-6 victories in thunderous fashion to lock up the Superseries Premier title. She gave world no.5 Nozomi Okuhara a 21-8 decider in R16, and allowed also just less than 10 points in the first game in the semifinal win against no.6 Wang Shixian by 21-9, 21-15, and finally swept aside world no.3 Wang Yihan on Sunday in a dominating 21-17, 21-8 victory in 34 minutes.
It was the first event ever where Tai had to play all the three former world no.1s from China. This is Tai’s ninth major final and now she holds five titles off them to her name (including the 2014 Superseries Finals title).
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Tai scored four top-6 wins in a rowCredit: Badmintonphoto
Korea’s top men’s doubles and mixed doubles teams Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong and Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na also made it to the final Sunday. Both went into three-game battles with their Chinese opponents but ended with mixed fortunes. Lee and Yoo emerged victorious coming from behind to beat fifth seeds Chai/Hong, while Ko/Kim fell to another fifth-seeded pair of Xu/Ma.
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Lee Yong Dae (R) and Yoo Yeon Seong celebrated after the match. Credit: Badmintonphoto
Lee Yong Dae, Yoo Yeon Seong, Indonesia Open
Lee Yong Dae, Yoo Yeon Seong, Indonesia Open
Lee Yong Dae, Yoo Yeon Seong, Indonesia Open
This marks Lee Yong Dae (R) and Yoo Yeon Seong's first Superseries victory this year. Credit: Badmintonphoto
Ko Sung Hyun, Kim Ha Na, Indonesia Open
Ko Sung Hyun (L) and Kim Ha Na - 2016 Indonesia Open mixed doubles runners-up. Credit: Badmintonphoto
( Edit by VICTOR Badminton )