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Kjaersfeldt in her first final of 2018. Photo: BadmintonPhoto
Kjaersfeldt outplayed by home favourite
Date: 10/7/2018 11:12 AM
Published by : David Grice(BEC)

It was not the result Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt wanted as she fell from a set lead against Chinese Taipei’s top seed Tai Tzu Ying 17-21, 21-10, 21-13 in the final of the Chinese Taipei Open.

After the Dane made the most of a slow start by Tai, an upset was on the cards. But after re-grouping at the start of the second set,the tournaments top seed proved too hard of a task for Kjaersfeldt to accomplish and the home crowd went away happy.

With a full Taipei Arena expecting a home win, the pressure was certainly on both players. Despite having a tentative looking start in the opening set, Kjaersfeldt remained the match due to her strong consistency. After that, the Dane gradually pulled away and showed great control in forcing Tai in a few forced errors to take the first 21-17.

See also: Kjaersfeldt reaches final

Set number two saw Tai finally show the home crowd why she is the tournament’s top seed and took control from the very start. Winning the first five points was enough to show the crowd that their fellow Taiwanese native was determined to turn this match around, and quickly.

Tai’s dominance in the second set saw her claim it 21-10 and a grandstand finish was on the cards.

See also: Fifth Golden Medal for the Danish Women’s Team

The opening few points of the third set saw Tai’s momentum continue. But Kjaersfeldt showed great fight and kept herself in the contest.With Tai leading 11-8 at the change of ends, the match was not a lost cause just yet for the underdog.

But as much as Kjaersfeldt attempted to turn the match in her favour, Tai showed great skill and tenacity and the title was hers after taking the deciding set 21-13.

For a full list of the draws and results, click here.


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