The Badminton World Federation (BWF) hailed Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying after her win at the All England Open Badminton Championships with a video montage on Facebook as the shuttler began 14 days of self-quarantine on her return to Taiwan.
The BWF Facebook group released the video on Friday, saying: “She is terrific, she is tenacious, she is the queen. All hail Queen Tai,” lauding her third All England title after her 21-19, 21-15 victory over top seed and then-world No. 1 Chen Yufei of China in in Birmingham on Sunday.
Tai on Wednesday posted a photograph of herself onboard an EVA Airways flight to Taiwan wearing a mask and saying how nice it was to return to the place she is familiar with.
“Everyone is wearing a mask and treating each other politely,” she wrote.
Tai said that airport personnel were surprised that she was returning from Europe and asked if she knew about the quarantine rules.
Tai wrote that she told the airport staff she was aware of the rules. She had displayed care during the competition, insisting that she and reporters wear masks during interviews, and that microphones be sterilized regularly.
The video detailed Tai’s record at the All England Open of three wins from four attempts.
Netizens also heaped praise on the Taiwanese, who returned to the top of the BWF rankings, leapfrogging Chen with her win on Sunday.
Radha Sridhar wrote: “It is not just your outstanding game, but for your calm and cool behavior Tai Tzu that you deserve to be the queen. Your capacity to bounce back is amazing and keeps us all delighted. You do not have starry airs, which makes you such a simple, wonderful sportsperson.”
World No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying yesterday eased past her Thai opponent to advance to the second round of the Toyota Thailand Open. The Taiwanese star toppled world No. 46 Supanida Katethong 21-16, 21-11 in 29 minutes at the Impact Arena in Bangkok. “I think I played OK today. I am feeling a little better than last week,” Tai said. Tomorrow, Tai faces Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. The two have faced each other six times, with Tai beating the world No. 21 in all six matches. Tai on Sunday reached the final of the Yonex Thailand Open before losing decisively against Carolina Marin of Spain.
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