No.1 Tai suffers shock defeat at BWF World Championships

Tai Tzu-ying was on the end of a shock defeat at badminton's World Championships on Friday, the No.1  from Taiwan going out in the quarter-finals to China's He Bingjiao.

China's He emerged after just under an hour to win 21-18, 7-21, 21-13 in a thrilling contest.   -  AFP

Tai Tzu-ying was on the end of a shock defeat at badminton's World Championships on Friday, the No.1  from Taiwan going out in the quarter-finals to China's He Bingjiao.

It was just Tai's second defeat in 35 matches, a run which brought five titles and cemented her status as the woman to beat in Nanjing.

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But the 24-year-old was sloppy at times, making a series of unforced errors, particularly at the net, and going down to the sixth seed over three unpredictable games.

China's He emerged after just under an hour to win 21-18, 7-21, 21-13 in a thrilling contest.

She will play Spain's reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin--who defeated Saina Nehwal 21-6, 21-11 in the quarters-- in the semifinals.