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Gopichand is all set to Break Tai-Tactics

By: Srishty Sharon
Date: 09 Sep, 2018
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The Indian ace shuttler, PV Sindhu was disappointed by her loss at the two major tournaments of this year. She lost the finals in Asian Games 2018 and the BWF World Championships 2018, held at Jakarta and Nanjing respectively. However, she is zealous to make a strong comeback on the court.


"This is not the last final I am playing. I will play many more finals and though a loss in final hurts, I am trying to learn from it. I’ll discuss with Gopi sir (coach) about the mistakes and will work hard to overcome them,” as quoted in TOI. The Olympic silver medalist is also willing to give more power to her strokes.


Along with Sindhu, Commonwealth Games gold medalist Saina also lost the match to the Taiwanese shuttler Tai Tzu Ying, who has currently secured the 1st spot in the BWF World ranking. At the Asian Games, Sindhu conquered silver, whereas Saina bagged bronze. Both the players have lost 22 matches against the Taipei shuttler repeatedly.


According to coach Gopichands, the Taiwanese shuttler gets psychological benefits when she plays against the Indian badminton players.


When asked about the possible strategies, Gopichand can use to retort Tzu Ying, he said, "We have been doing that, but since we have been playing too many tournaments to retain rankings and defending points, we are not able to implement our plans perfectly. But our players are closing it on Tai. Very soon, we will find a way. Since she has been beating our players, she has a psychological advantage of them. There are players like Ratchanok Intanon, who beat Tai often."


However, he glorified Tzu Ying for her unique way of commanding the game. He stated that Tai is a complete package and an eminent shuttler. She is a powerhouse with exceptional capabilities and OTT strength that helps her give an advantage over others. Tai’s agility and raging enthusiasm on-court can give the chills down the spine.


"Very few can play the strokes Tai does. She is a complete package. She is quick on her feet, very aggressive, smart and emotionally strong." as quoted in TOI.


Facts about the Champion

Tai Tzu Ying is a brilliant shuttler. At the age of 22, she has set many milestones in her badminton career. Tzu Ying recently won the Asian Games 2018 held at Jakarta. Earlier in 2014 at the quadrennial event, she won a bronze at South Korea.


She is a two-time winner at the Asian Championships held at China in 2017 and 2018. She also won a bronze medal in the same championship at China in the year 2015. That’s what we call progress!


Tai Tzu Ying has also bagged gold medals at a total of four BWF World Tour events in 2018 only. This includes the Indonesia Masters, All England Open, Malaysia Open and Indonesia Open. In the same year, she won silver at the Malaysia Masters before conquering the next four titles. Progress again!


In the BWF Grand Prix events, She bagged 3 gold medals and 2 silver.


Out of the 18 BWF Superseries events, that took place from 2010 to 2017, she has won 12 gold medals and 8 silver medals. In 2014 at the BWF Superseries, she conquered 2 gold medals, 3 golden laurels in 2016 and 5 gold medals in 2017 only. Her game has always been progressive and she is a champion for a reason.

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