Ratchanok Intanon beat Akane Yamaguchi from Japan 14-21, 21-15, 21-19 to win the women’s singles title at the Denmark Open Superseries Premier on Sunday (Oct 22).
“This match is important for Thai people. Today, lose or win, I just give my best for my King,” Ratchanok, 22, said after clinching the title.
Before the match, Ratchanok said this time is a sad time for Thailand because the King passed away a year ago. “So I think that I have to make him proud.”
Yamaguchi has an 8-6 record against Ratchanok and has also won their two latest matches.
Ratchanok lost 14-21 to Yamaguchi in the opening game, but managed to win the second game. In the decider, Yamaguchi led Ratchanok 19-16, but the Thai fought her way back to level the scores and finally won the match.
Det var en rørt Ratchanok vi snakkede med efter hun vandt i damesingle over japanske Yamaguchi. Hør hvad hun havde at sige efter hun vandt finalen med 14-21, 21-15, 21-19 🏅💪🏸
Posted by Badminton Denmark on Sunday, 22 October 2017
Ratchanok, who beat world no.1 Tai Tzu King in the semi-finals on Saturday, said she just played what she like to play and did not pressure herself too much.
She also thanked her fans for supporting her.
“Many people come to support me here, not only Thai fans, but also international fans, so I feel warm to be here. I just did my best and made them proud of me,” she said.