Ratchanok Intanon

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Ratchanok Intanon
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Personal information
Nickname(s) May
Birth name Ratchanok Intanon
Country Thailand
Born 5 February 1995 (1995-02-05) (age 19)
Height 1.68 metres (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 55 kilograms (121 lb)
Women's singles
Highest ranking 2 (August 15, 2013)
Current ranking 4 (August 7, 2014)

Ratchanok Intanon (Thai: รัชนก อินทนนท์; born 5 February 1995) is a female badminton player from Thailand. She holds the distinction of being the youngest singles World Champion ever after she won the Championships in 2013 defeating Li Xuerui of China.

Career summary[edit]


Ratchanok won her first individual International title in 2009, while she was only 14, by winning Vietnam International Challenge. She made an history by becoming the youngest-ever champion[1] at the BWF World Junior Championships at 14 when she triumphed in Malaysia. She also reached SEA Games 2009 Badminton WS final, but lost to her compatriot Salakjit Ponsana.

In 2010, at the age of 15, She successfully defended her title at the World Junior Championships in Mexico. she won two back-to-back Grand Prix tournaments by winning YONEX-SUNRISE Vietnam Open Grand Prix and Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold. In 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, she won a silver medal as a member of the woman's team. In the final, she lost to Wang Xin, at that time world number 1, 22-20 17-21 14-21.

In 2011, she became the most successful player ever in individual events at the BWF World Junior Championships, winning the women's singles title for the third straight time in Taiwan. She won YONEX-SUNRISE Syed Modi Memorial India Open and also a member of the women's team which defeated Indonesia in the final at the 2011 SEA Games.

In 2012 Ratchanok, at 16 years of age, was awarded the Best Female Athlete Award in Thailand after winning the world junior title for three successive years. Ratchanok's biggest goal is to win the Olympic gold medal. However, at 2012 London Olympics quarter-final match with Wang Xin, despite leading 21–17 and 16-9 in the second game, she failed to close the match and eventually lost 21–17, 18–21, 14–21. She reached the finals of the SCG Thailand Open 2012, but losing to Saina Nehwal 19–21 21–15 21–10 in the finals.[2] She entered the finals of Super Series tournament for the first time in 2012 China Open Super Series Premier, but losing to Li Xuerui 12-21, 9-21.


2013 is one of Ratchanok's golden years. She reached the finals of the 2013 All England Open Badminton Championships, losing to Tine Rasmussen 14–21, 21–16, 10–21.[3] Despite her loss, she is still the youngest singles finalist ever at the All England tournament. She finally won her first Superseries tournament by winning Juliane Schenk 22-20, 21-14 in Yonex Sunrise India Open 2013 to become the youngest ever Superseries winner, with the age of 18 years 2 months 22 days[4] (She hold this record for 6 months until Akane Yamaguchi won Japan Open 2013 with the age of 16). She again reached the finals of the SCG Thailand Open 2013. This time she won the title, beating Busanan Ongbumrungpan 20-22, 21-19, 21-13[5] to become the first Thai ever to win the women's singles title at the Thailand Open since first held in 1984.

After the Thailand Open, she decided to withdraw from both Indonesia Open SSP and Singapore Open SS to recover from her foot injury and prepare for the BWF World Championships.[6] In August, Ratchanok won the BWF World Championships, beating world number 1 and Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui 22-20 18-21 21-14[7] in the final. She is the first ever Thai player to be the World Champion. At the age of 18, she is also the youngest singles World Champion ever.[8] She is the World Champion who is still eligible to play in 2013 BWF Junior World Championships in Bangkok.[9] After World Championships, she injured her back that forced her to withdraw from another two super series events, Japan Open and China Master. Ratchanok didn't qualify for Super Series Final in Malaysia and finished 2013 as the World number 3. She was awarded "2013 Best Females Athletes Award" from Thailand Sport Authority.[10]


Ratchanok reached final of Korea Open for the first time, but lost to Wang Yihan 13-21, 19-21. Her head-to-head statistics with Wang Yihan has been increased to 0-8.[11] She was awarded "Best Asian Sporting Icon" by FoxSportAsia, base on voting from internet fans from its website.

Current Record Holder[edit]

Honors and Awards[edit]

Ratchanok Intanon won many awards and honors in recognition of her achievements, below are some of the international prestigious awards she had won so far.

Organization Award Year
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) IOC Sport-Inspiring Young People Trophy 2010
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) BWF Most Promising Player of The Year 2009 - Eddie Choong Trophy[16] 2009

Personal life[edit]

Ratchanok is the daughter of Winutchai Intanon and Kumpan Suvarsara. She also has a brother. Ratchanok was born in Yasothorn province in the Northeast of Thailand, but moved at the age of 3 months with her parents, who worked at the Banthongyord sweets factory in Bangkhae district of Bangkok. As a child, Ratchanok would run around near the cooking furnaces. Kamala Thongkorn, the owner of the factory, worried that she would be burned by boiling water and hot sugar, so she supported Ratchanok in playing badminton at the factory's badminton courts. She started playing when she was six years old, and won her first championship at the age of seven.[17][18]

Ratchanok used her prize money and endorsement fees to support her parents and brother. Her father opened a food shop with her help. "I wanted to be a national player like my older friends and play for the country, because that was the only way I could help my parents to improve our status and leave poverty" she said.[19]

Ratchanok currently trains at the Banthongyord Badminton School. Her coach is Patapol Ngernsrisuk, former Olympian and son of Kamala Thongkorn but China's Xie Zhuhua who used to be Li Yongbo sparring partner who was sent to the Banthongyord Badminton School in a partnership with the Thai Badminton Federation and China in 1992[20] is Ratchanok's coach if she plays tournaments in China. Ratchanok's room-mate at the Banthongyord Badminton School is Pattarasuda Chaiwan.

Career overview[edit]

Played Wins Losses Balance
Total 252 171 81 +90
Current year 24 15 9 +6
Played Wins Losses Balance
Total 12 6 6 0
Current year 0 0 0 0


Event 2013
BWF World Championships  Gold
Event 2009
Chinese Taipei
BWF World Junior Championships  Gold  Gold  Gold
Individual Titles (8)
Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
2013 China 2013 BWF World Championships China Li Xuerui 22-20, 18-21, 21-14
2013 Thailand SCG Thailand Open Thailand Busanan Ongbumrungpan 20-22, 21-19, 21-13
2013 India India Super Series Germany Juliane Schenk 22-20, 21-14
2011 India YONEX-SUNRISE Syed Modi Memorial India Open Thailand Porntip Buranaprasertsuk Walkover
2010 Indonesia Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold Chinese Taipei Cheng Shao-chieh 21-12, 19-21, 21-16
2010 Vietnam YONEX-SUNRISE Vietnam Open Grand Prix China Zhou Hui 21-17, 22-20
2010 Thailand Smiling Fish International Series Thailand Rawinda Prajongjai 21-10, 21-17
2009 Vietnam Vietnam International Challenge Indonesia Maria Elfira Christina 21-18, 21-14
     Super Series tournament
     Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix tournament
Other Tournament

Performance Timeline[edit]

Event 2012
United Kingdom
Summer Olympics QF
Event 2011
BWF World Championships 3R W
Event 2011
Chinese Taipei
South Korea
Asia Championships 1R 2R QF 2R
Event 2009
SEA Games  Silver  Bronze
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Best
BWF Super Series
South Korea Korea Open Super Series N/A N/A 1R 2R 1R F F(2014)
Malaysia Malaysia Open Super Series Premier N/A N/A 1R 1R A 1R 1R(2011,2012,2014)
England All England Super Series Premier N/A N/A 1R 2R F SF F(2013)
India India Super Series N/A N/A QF 1R W A W(2013)
Singapore Singapore Super Series N/A N/A 2R A A QF QF(2014)
Japan Japan Open Super Series N/A 1R 1R QF A 1R QF(2012)
Indonesia Indonesia Super Series Premier N/A N/A 2R 1R A F F(2014)
Australia Australian Super Series NH NH NH NH NH 2R 2R(2014)
China China Masters Super Series N/A N/A N/A QF A NH QF(2012)
Denmark Denmark Open Super Series Premier N/A N/A SF 1R SF SF(2011,2013)
France French Super Series N/A N/A 1R QF QF SF SF(2014)
China China Open Super Series Premier N/A QF QF F QF F(2012)
Hong Kong Hong Kong Super Series N/A QF A 1R 2R QF(2010)
BWF Super Series Masters Finals N/A N/A N/A SF A SF(2012)
BWF Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix
Germany German Open Grand Prix Gold N/A N/A 2R QF A A QF(2012)
Switzerland Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold N/A N/A 1R SF F A F(2013)
Australia Australian Open Grand Prix Gold N/A N/A SF 2R A NH SF(2011)
Malaysia Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold 2R 1R 2R A A A 2R(2009,2011)
Thailand Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold 2R NH 1R F W NH W(2013)
United States U.S. Open Grand Prix Gold N/A N/A SF A A A SF(2011)
Vietnam Vietnam Open Grand Prix N/A W A A A A W(2010)
Indonesia Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold NH W 2R A A A W(2010)
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold N/A QF F A A A F(2011)
Macau Macau Open Grand Prix Gold 1R 1R 1R A A A 1R(2009,2010,2011)
South Korea Korea Open Grand Prix Gold NH QF A A A A QF(2010)
India India Open Grand Prix Gold N/A N/A W A NH A W(2011)

Career record[edit]

Record against selected opponents[edit]

Opponent Record Opponent Record Opponent Record Opponent Record Opponent Record
China Xuerui Li 2–7 China Yihan Wang 0–8 China Shixian Wang 2–6 China Yanjiao Jiang 0–3 China Lin Wang 1–1
China Xin Wang 0–2 China Li Han 4–4 China Xue Yao 2–0 China Xin Liu 2–2 China Xiao Jia Chen 1–1
China Sun Yu 1–0 China Hui Xirui 1–0 Netherlands Jie Yao 3–0 South Korea Ji Hyun Sung 4–6 South Korea Yeon Ju Bae 1–2
Chinese Taipei Tzu Ying Tai 4–4 Chinese Taipei Hsiao Ma Pai 3–0 Chinese Taipei Shao Chieh Cheng 4–1 Chinese Taipei Shih Han Hung 1–0 Denmark Tine Baun 3–2
Germany Juliane Schenk 6–3 Germany Karin Schnaase 1–0 India Saina Nehwal 3–5 India Sindhu P.V. 3–0 India Arundhati Pantawane 3–0
Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai 0–1 Thailand Nichaon Jindapon 3–1 Thailand Busanan Ongbumrungpan 1–0 Japan Minatsu Mitani 2–0 Japan Eriko Hirose 3–0
Japan Sayaka Takahashi 3–2 Japan Yui Hashimoto 1–0 Japan Nozomi Okuhara 3–0 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 1–1 Japan Kaori Imabeppu 1–0
Japan Aya Ohori 1–0 Japan Sayaka Sato 2–1 Hong Kong Pui Yin Yip 6–3 Hong Kong Tsz Ka Chan 5–0 Spain Carolina Marín 3–0
Czech Republic Kristína Gavnholt 1–0 Canada Michelle Li 1–0 United States Beiwen Zhang 1–0 Malaysia Jing Yi Tee 6–0 Malaysia Sannatasah Saniru 1–0
Indonesia Lindaweni Fanetri 2–0 Indonesia Aprilla Yuswandari 2–1 Indonesia Bellaetrix Manuputty 1–0 Indonesia Adrianti Firdasari 0–3 Indonesia Maria Febe Kusumastuti 4–0
Singapore Juan Gu 3–1 Singapore Aiying Xing 2–0 Singapore Jiayuan Chen 3–0 Vietnam Thi Trang Vu 1–0 New Zealand Michelle Chan Ky 3–0

Summer Olympics[edit]


Stage Opponent Result Games Points
First Round Sri Lanka Thilini Jayasinghe Won 2–0 21–13, 21–5
Second Round Portugal Telma Santos Won 2–0 21–12, 21–6
Third Round Germany Juliane Schenk Won 2–0 21–16, 21–15
Quarter-finals China Xin Wang Lost 1–2 21–17, 18–21, 14–21

BWF World Championships[edit]


Stage Opponent Result Games Points
First Round BYE
Second Round Netherlands Judith Meulendijks Won 2-1 21-18, 11-21, 21-14
Third Round China Yihan Wang Lost 1-2 21–13, 12–21, 9-21


Stage Opponent Result Games Points
First Round BYE
Second Round Singapore Juan Gu Won 2-1 16-21, 21-17, 21-9
Third Round Hong Kong Pui Yin Yip Won 2-0 21–14, 21–12
Quarter-finals Spain Carolina Marín Won 2-1 21-18, 20-22, 21-15
Semi Finals India Sindhu P.V. Won 2-0 21-10, 21-13
Finals China Xuerui Li Won 2-1 22-20, 18-21, 21-14

BWF World Junior Championships[edit]


Stage Opponent Result Games Points
First Round France Audrey Fontaine Won 2-0 21-6, 21-8
Second Round Estonia Laura Vana Won 2-0 21-11, 21-14
Third Round Canada Michelle Li Won 2-1 21-14, 18-21, 21-13
Fourth Round China Xiao Jia Chen Won 2-1 20-22, 21-14, 21-18
Quarter-finals China Shixian Wang Lost 0-2 16-21, 10-21


Stage Opponent Result Games Points
First Round BYE
Second Round India Sindhu P.V. Won 2-0 21-15, 21-10
Third Round Singapore Tan Wei Han Won 2-0 21-13, 21-10
Fourth Round Singapore Jiayuan Chen Won 2-1 21-12, 20-22, 21-13
Quarter-finals Indonesia Ana Rovita Won 2-0 21-9, 21-11
Semi Finals China Di Suo Won 2-0 21-14, 21-18
Finals Thailand Porntip Buranaprasertsuk Won 2-1 21-15, 21-23, 21-10


Stage Opponent Result Games Points
First Round BYE
Second Round Mexico Andrea Guerrero Won 2-0 21-4, 21-1
Third Round South Korea Ran Sun Yang Won 2-0 21-19, 21-17
Fourth Round China Liang Wang Won 2-0 21-11, 21-10
Quarter-finals Germany Fabienne Deprez Won 2-0 21-19, 21-7
Semi Finals Japan Naoko Fukuman Won 2-0 21-9, 21-16
Finals Japan Misaki Matsutomo Won 2-1 21-13, 16-21, 21-10


Stage Opponent Result Games Points
First Round BYE
Second Round Japan Aya Ohori Won 2-0 21-19, 24-22
Third Round Russia Evgeniya Kosetskaya Won 2-0 21-9, 21-2
Fourth Round India Tanvi Lad Won 2-0 21-8, 21-5
Quarter-finals Canada Christin Tsai Won 2-0 21-10, 21-15
Semi Finals Japan Nozomi Okuhara Won 2-0 21-16, 21-16
Finals Indonesia Elisabeth Purwaningtyas Won 2-1 21-6, 18-21, 21-13

Sudirman Cup[edit]


Opponent Result Games Points
India Saina Nehwal Won 2–0 21–14, 22–20
Chinese Taipei Shao Chieh Cheng Won 2–0 21–9, 21–17


Opponent Result Games Points
Hong Kong Pui Yin Yip Won 2–0 21–19, 21–16
Japan Sayaka Takahashi Won 2–1 21–19, 9-21, 21–19
South Korea Ji Hyun Sung Lost 0–2 17–21, 14-21

Axiata Cup[edit]


Opponent Result Games Points
Malaysia Jing Yi Tee Won 2–0 21–17, 22–20
Singapore Xiaoyu Liang Won 2–0 21–12, 21–16
Indonesia Lindaweni Fanetri Won 2–0 21–17, 21–19
Denmark Tine Baun Won 2–1 9–21, 21–13, 21–12
Indonesia Lindaweni Fanetri Won 2–0 21–18, 21–16
Malaysia Sonia Su Ya Cheah Won 2–0 21–16, 21–17


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