Badminton World No.1 Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan (right) faces the press after defeating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan (left) 21-19, 21-15 to claim the Singapore Open women’s singles April 14 in the city-state. (Courtesy of SO2019)
Badminton World No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan retained her women’s singles title at the Singapore Open April 14, overcoming Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to claim the lion’s share of the total US$355,000 in prize money.
Tai took 41 minutes to defeat Okuhara 21-19, 21-15 to repeat her 2017 success at the Badminton World Federation-sanctioned event. The win was her second tournament victory this month after claiming the Malaysia Open April 7 in Kuala Lumpur.
The first game was a relatively close affair, with the second more challenging for Tai until she broke free at 11-10 to bring home the bacon. The Asian stars are fierce rivals, and Tai’s latest triumph gives her a 5-4 career lead over Okuhara.
According to BWF, the Singapore Open was staged April 9-14 in the city-state. It was the 32nd edition of the annual tournament since its launch in 1987. (HC-E)