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Tai Tzu Ying World No 1 meet Carolina Marin in BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok
Marin aims for an unparalleled third straight World Tour Super 1000 title, and while she wants to repeat her two wins over Tai Tzu Ying over the last tournament, the world No.1’s form on Saturday expected a closer contest than the last two.
Tai and Marin had easy semifinal victories. Marin didn’t have to stretch herself as local hope Pornpawee Chochuwong was hampered by an ankle injury, Pornpawee, who showed glimpses of the form that got her into the semis but was no match for the Olympic champion. while Tai Tzu Ying put on a terrific display in the second to clinch this semi-final quite easily. An Se Young competed well but was no match for the top-ranked star.
“I have been really focusing on every point in every game, I think I just showed this determination that I wanted to win on court. And I did. I feel happy with my performance. Three tournaments in a row is tough. We’ve been here a month already. Myself and Tai will have played three finals in a row, so it’s tough but I am looking forward to tomorrow. One more final, I’m really happy to play and give my best tomorrow and enjoy one more game.”
“I could show my determination on court that I wanted to win today and I did, and I’m happy with my performance. Tai and me will play our third final in a row, so it’s tough but I’m looking forward to the final. I’m really happy and I want to give my best and will try to enjoy it.
The young 18-year-old Korean An Se Young had beaten Tai Tzu Ying the only last time they had fought and having got the bigger of Marin in her last group match yesterday, An Se Young was driving the momentum.
However, it was Tai who pulled the strings – a reverse slice here and a trick shot there, dragging her young opponent back and forth where she willed. Typical of the world No.1, there were plenty of errors, especially in the opening game, but such was her advantage that she coasted home with plenty to spare.