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Gritty Ratchanok enters Hong Kong Open final

Nov 16. 2019
Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in action during the women's singles quarter-finals against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on day four of the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open at the Hong Kong Coliseum on November 15, 2019 in Hong Kong. (Photo by Yu Chun Christopher Wong/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)
Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in action during the women's singles quarter-finals against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on day four of the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open at the Hong Kong Coliseum on November 15, 2019 in Hong Kong. (Photo by Yu Chun Christopher Wong/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Thai badminton ace Ratchanok Intanon stormed into the final of the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open, following a hard-fought win against the second-seeded Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-final.

 

The fifth-seeded Thai fought back after narrowly losing the opening game 23-25 to completely outwit her Japanese rival 21-15 21-12. The match lasted 62 minutes.

She faces third-seeded Chinese Chen Yu Fei who beat American Beiwen Zhang 21-18, 14-21, 21-15 in 53 minutes in the other semi-final.

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