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World No 7 Ratchanok Intanon vowed that she would finally win at the All England Open one day after settling twice as runner-up in one of the most prestigious badminton tournaments.

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The former world champion was hoping to become the first Thai ever to win the tournament but her dream was shattered by world No 1 Tai Tzu Ying 16-21 20-22 in the match that last 51 minutes. The 22-year-old from Yasothorn had to settle as a runner again after reaching this stage in 2013.

However, she said would try to win this tournament for Thai fans one day.

“Even though I didn’t make it this year, I will try to achieve it in following years. Thank you for all support,” said Ratchanok in her first tournament of the season.

In fact Ratchanok had a game point at 20-18 in the second game, but her she sprayed a shot wide. The momentum changed since then as Tai took a solid control with some rapid attacking play.

“She was so focused. The one who is more focused always wins. I think I’ve done quite well but it was just not enough. I will keep on fighting.”

Since playing the Dubai Masters in December, Ratchanok had been plagued with injuries and even had to skip the Thailand Masters in February where she was the defending champion.

Published : March 12, 2017

By : Lerpong Amsa-ngiam - The Nation