VIDEO analysis is not Tai Tzu-ying’s (pic) cup of tea.
The Taiwan’s world No. 4 has never been into viewing footage of her own matches or her opponents’ as part of her preparations, and plans to stick to the same at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
In the team event, Tzu-ying and her team got off to a strong start by defeating Hong Kong 3-0 in the first round on Thursday, but crashed out 1-3 to Japan on Friday at the Binjiang Gymnasium.
Tzu-ying has now set her sights on defending the women’s singles title she won in Jakarta four years ago when she competes in the individual event tomorrow.
She, however, knows that it will be an uphill task for her.
“This year, the players are all quite strong, so I think everyone has a chance,” Tzu-ying told the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
She said the outcome of a match would depend on her error count and her form on the court.
“When I lose, I know the aspects I didn’t do well in, so if I watch a past video, all I can learn is that I need to bring down my errors,” said Tzu-ying.
“Knowing this will not help my game. If I watch a video and yet make a lot of errors, it’s not going to help.”
Her strategy instead is to ensure that she is well-prepared for each match.
She is also convinced that relying solely on understanding her opponents will not lead to success. Instead, he believes in focusing on her own performance.
“Players like (Akane) Yamaguchi, (An) Se-young and (Chen) Yufei are playing very fast now, so it’s more important for me to prepare myself than to understand them,” said Tzu-ying.
“I’ve played them many times, I know them quite well but firstly I have to prepare myself. I tend to make a lot of mistakes, so I need to reduce my errors and increase my speed.
“I have to keep my errors in check before I think of a solution against my opponents.”