HERALD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: GLENBROOK SOUTH'S TINA TSAI

  • Glenbrook South senior badminton player Tina Tsai hopes to stay hot at this week's sectionals.

    Glenbrook South senior badminton player Tina Tsai hopes to stay hot at this week's sectionals. COURTESY OF GLENBROOK SOUTH

 
 
Updated 3/25/2021 6:58 AM

Glenbrook South senior Tina Tsai looks to have another strong outing at the New Trier badminton sectional on Thursday.

Denied a season last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, badminton will be the first sport this 2020-21 school year to have both a sectional and a state final, the latter slated for March 31-April 1 at Hinsdale South.

 

Entering sectional seeding, Tsai was 14-4 in Glenbrook South's No. 1 singles slot. Though she'll be competing in singles in the state series, Tsai also was 9-1 in doubles with partner Leah Desserich, a junior. They won the Central Suburban League doubles title on March 19.

In 2019, the last time badminton held a state final, as a sophomore Tsai's 2.5 points in singles helped the Titans to a ninth-place state finish. Tsai went 3-2 during state competition, losing initially to state runner-up Rachel Ye of Fremd before ending her day in a fifth-round consolation match.

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