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Thai Badminton Ace Ratchanok Stuns World No 1 Tai Tzu-Ying

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Thailand’s badminton ace Ratchanok Intanon has stunned world No 1 Tai Tzu-Ying of Taiwan to reach the final of the Korea Open in Incheon.

The sixth seed, Thai star is chasing her third badminton title of the year. She needed just 36 minutes to put away her Taiwanese rival 21-19, 21-11. On Sunday she will face seventh seed He Bing Jiao of China. Bing Jiao defeated Michelle Li of Canada 21-9, 21-15.

Also joining Ratchanok in the badminton final were; the in-form Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai; who rebounded from a first game lapse to beat Indonesian Rinov Rivaldy and Pitha Mentari 20-22 21-11 21-18.

The world No 6 from Thailand proved more solid in their semi-final clash. Which marked their 26th overall, as she prevailed in just 32 minutes in the BWF World Tour Super 500 event.

Despite having her right shoulder heavily wrapped with tapes, Ratchanok still looked sharp in her game, dictating play with well-crafted shots and powerful smashes.

The 24-year-old player is in her fifth badminton final in 2019, having won two titles from the Malaysia Badminton Masters and India Badminton Open from four previous championship matches.

She will face He Bing Jiao of China in the gold medal match on Sunday. He beat Michelle Li of Canada 21-9 21-15. The Thai just beat the Chinese 21-15 21-14 for the India Open title in March.

Source: The Nation

Badminton Champions Ratchanok Intanon and TAI Tzu-Ying