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Tai Tzu, Yamaguchi advance, set to clash for crown

Top-seeded Tai Tzu was made to sweat by China’s He Bing Jiao before she could win 21-17, 13-21, 21-14 to make her first World Championship final
Akane Yamaguchi.
Akane Yamaguchi.
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Our Bureau   |   Published 19.12.21, 01:59 AM

The women’s singles final of the BWF World Championships will see the top two seeds crossing swords after Tai Tzu Ying and Akane Yamaguchi won their respective semi-final matches in Huelva, Spain, on Saturday. 

Top-seeded Tai Tzu was made to sweat by China’s He Bing Jiao before she could win 21-17, 13-21, 21-14 to make her first World Championship final. 

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In the other semi-final, Zhang Yi Man, another Chinese shuttler, fought well but ultimately had to bow to Yamaguchi’s experience. The second seeded Japanese won 21-19, 21-19. 

Despite the struggle, Taiwan’s Tai Tzu was pretty happy with her game. “I felt very good. In the second game the shuttle didn’t go where I wanted, so I felt like I wasted the opportunity. I told myself not to make mistakes and I had to be prepared for her speed. I will just do my best on Sunday,” Tai Tzu said.

Yamaguchi, on the other hand, revealed that she was desperate to avoid a third game against Zhang. “It was close in the second game and there was the possibility of a third but I wanted to avoid that, so I pushed harder at the end of the second game,” Yamaguchi said.

About her final opponent, the Japanese said: “Tai and I have played many times, so there’s no special preparation for the final. We haven’t played each other recently. She’s a technical and physical player, she’s good in everything. I just have to play my game.”

With neither of the two finalists having won the title, women’s singles will get a new world champion this time.



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