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Ratchanok to get even with Yamaguchi

Apr 12. 2019
Ratchanok Intanon / Badminton Photo
Ratchanok Intanon / Badminton Photo
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By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

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Thai ace Ratchanok Intanon seeks a vengeance against world No 4 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan as they confront this afternoon in the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open.

The eighth-ranked Ratchanok, who won this tournament in 2016, rallied back from a poor start to beat Han Yue of China 19-21 21-11 21-13 in the second round on Thursday.

Yamaguchi had a much easier time as she cruised past Chua Huo Zhen Grace of Singapore 21-6 21-11.

The Japanese third-seeded player leads the head-to-head series against the Thai 12-9. She beat Ratchanok 16-21 21-14 25-23 in their latest shodown during the German Open final last month.

While there’s no other Thai singles players left in the tournament, two doubles teams of the Kingdom still remain.

Fifth-seeded Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai take on Liu Xuanxuan and Xia Yuting of China in women’s doubles quarter-finals.

In mixed doubles, Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai will play Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Reddy N. Sikki of India. 

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