Tzu Ying plans for CNY break, conditioning after Malaysia Open

KUALA LUMPUR  • World No 3 women’s singles player Tai Tzu Ying (picture) has a strategic plan to skip the Asian leg of the BWF World Tours after the season-opening Malaysia Open which is scheduled from today till Sunday in Axiata Arena here.

The 28-year-old Taiwanese, who is still carrying last season’s momentum after finishing runner-up in the season-ending World Tour Finals from Dec 7-11 in Bangkok, would be taking over a month break for rest, conditioning and Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations, which will be celebrated on Jan 22.

This means, she will be skipping next week’s India Open from Jan 17-22, Indonesia Masters (Jan 24-29) and Thailand Masters (Jan 31- Feb 5), and most probably get back to action with a new boost during the European-leg of the tournament, starting with German Open from March 7-12.

“I still have my tournament feelings and do not have sufficient rest as the gap between last season and this season is not long. So I will be taking a rest to focus on recovery and be prepared for the Race to Paris Olympic Qualifications.

“I didn’t set any target for the Malaysia Open, and I like to play here. I just wanted to take one match at a time,” the reigning Olympics silver medallist told reporters here, today.

Tzu Ying, the two-time World Championship medallist, began her campaign by easily eliminating Spain’s Clara Azurmendi 21-10, 21-10 in the opening round today.

In the second round on Thursday, she will face Han Yue of China, who defeated former world No 1 Saina Nehwal of India 21-12, 17-21, 21-12.

The top 16 players (maximum two per nation) in the Race to Paris rankings from May 1 to April 28, 2024, will automatically qualify for the Olympics.

Meanwhile, world No 5 He Bing Jiao of China, become the tournament’s first high-profile casualty, when she was ousted 11-21, 17-21 by Indonesia Gregoria Mariska Tunjung.

World No 1 women’s singles shuttler, Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, on the other hand, was stunned by 17-21 defeat to Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt in the first game, before she bounced back to edge the Dane 21-13, 21-15. – Bernama