Taiwan's Tzu Ying to skip World Championships

Current world No 1 Tai Tzu Ying will skip this year's World Championships to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in August and that decision does not bother does not bother her much.

Instead the Taiwanese will compete in the World University Games, known as Universiade which her country will host from Aug 19-30. The World Championships are scheduled from Aug 21-27.

Tzu Ying, who created badminton history in her country by becoming the first from her country to win the All England, is playing her best badminton for now and would have been a favourite for the world title.

On Saturday the unassuming Tzu Ying showed her class again when she marched into the final in the USD600,000 Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open Superseries Premier at the Stadium Perpaduan in Petra Jaya, Kuching.

Tzu Ying, the No 1 seed, overcame a tough three set battle against third seed Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea - winning 20-22, 21-13, 21-12 in 62 minutes.

She plays former world No 1 and second seed Carolina Marin of Spain for the title. Tzu Ying was runners-up to Thailand Ratchanok Intanon last year.

Explaining her decision to skip the World Championships, Tzu Ying said the world meet is held every year while the Universiade is held every years. This swayed her decision, more so when Universiade is held in her country.

Meanwhile, Marin, defeated Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 23-21, 21-19 in a 54-minute semi-final match.

RESULTS (Semi-finals)

Women's singles

Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe) beat Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 20-22, 21-13, 21-12

Carolina Marin )Spn) beat Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) 23-21, 21-19