An Se-young beats Tai Tzu-ying. © World Badminton FederationSports News
Date : 23 May 2019
Nanning, China, May 23, 2019: Korean schoolgirl An Se-young stunned world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei as the defending champions fired a warning shot to its rivals in the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup which reached the knockout stages on Thursday.
Title-holders Korea, spurred on by the heroics of badminton’s newest prodigy An, defeated Chinese-Taipei 3-2 to qualify at the top of its group in the mixed team competition.
Both Korea and Chinese Taipei had already qualified for the quarterfinals, but 17-year-old An’s shock 14-21, 21-18, 21-16 victory over Tai will give Korea a marginally easier outing in the last eight against Thailand. Korea met Thailand in the semi-final two years ago on the Gold Coast, winning 3-1.
Chinese Taipei will meet Indonesia in what should be a tight affair. Both teams will have to bounce back from losing their last group matches with Indonesia going down 3-2 to Denmark.
In the other quarter-finals, 10-time champions and top seeds China take on Denmark, and second seeds Japan play Malaysia.
Rising star An, who is ranked 50th in the world, roared back from a game down to defeat Tai in 66 minutes. The Korean shrugged off her first game loss and started to anticipate better, reaching more shuttles. With the rallies growing longer, Tai’s finishing shots became more erratic and the world No. 1 had no answers.
“She is tall, powerful and has very good footwork. She’s good in all aspects of the game. She will be an outstanding player in the future for sure,” conceded Tai after her defeat.
China 5 India 0
Korea 3 Chinese Taipei 2
Denmark 3 Indonesia 2
Japan 4 Thailand 1
Canada 3 Germany 2
Singapore 4 Israel 1
Ireland 3 Australia 2
New Zealand 4 Nepal 1
Sri Lanka 3 Switzerland 2
Slovakia 4 Lithuania 1
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