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Ratchanok's just a regular teen who wants to be PM (pic)

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Published: 15 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): It’s easy to forget that Ratchanok Intanon is still a teenager and just like any other 18-year-old when she is not training, competing or studying political science at the Bangkok Thonburi University.

Ratchanok however is also the women’s singles world champion – the youngest ever world champion – after beating China’s Li Xuerui to the title two months ago.

Yet she does not let that stop her from enjoying the lifestyle of a regular teenager.Ratchanok Intanon in a file photo. The world No. 2 takes on New Zealand’s Michelle Chan on Wednesday.

“I still go to class, usually once a week because of my training schedule, and my university helps me out a lot. I get private tutors in order to catch up and so that I can graduate on time,” said Ratchanok with a smile.

“When I’m not studying or training, I like to shop, watch TV and listen to music.

“But I would really love to become the prime minister one day when I complete my badminton career. That’s why I took political science,” said Ratchanok flashing another smile.

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Zulfadli and Chun Seang pull out of Denmark Open (pic)

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Published: 15 October 2013
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ODENSE: Independent shuttlers Zulfadli Zulkifli and Tan Chun Seang has pulled out of the Denmark Open, which begins here today.

The 19-year-old Zulfadli pulled a muscle while competing in last week’s Dutch Open. He lost in the second round to Sweden’s Mathias Borg.

“It’s not a serious injury. I’ve been competing non-stop for the past month so I’m a little tired. It’s time for a break,” said Zulfadli, who will return to Kuala Lumpur today.Malaysian singles shuttler Zulfadli Zulkifli has pulled out of the Denmark Open starting on Tuesday due to an injury.

Zulfadli, the Asian and world junior champion in 2011, has been competing non-stop the past month. Besides the Dutch Open, he also played in the Taiwan Open, Russian Open and London Grand Prix Gold.

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Chong Wei: Birthday celebrations to wait (pic)

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Published: 15 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is putting his birthday celebrations on hold – at least until he completes the Denmark Open.

Chong Wei’s 31st birthday is on Oct 21 – a day after the final of the Denmark Open.

And the two-time Olympic silver medallist has pledged to focus solely on the tournament. He will wait until he goes to Paris for the French Open before celebrating his birthday.Lee Chong Wei: 'For now, my main focus is to prepare myself well before I take to the court. My condition has been good so far and I’ve been training well.

An extra incentive for him to do so is the fact that his family – wife Wong Mew Choo and son Kingston – will meet up with him in Paris for the celebrations.

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Badminton Denmark Open kicks off

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Published: 15 October 2013
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COPENHAGEN, Oct. 15  -- The Denmark Open badminton tournament opened in Odense, central Denmark, on Tuesday, featuring a strong line-up of Chinese athletes.

The 400,000 U.S. dollar Super Series Premier event has attracted 271 players from 28 countries or regions.

The men's singles event provides a star line-up of competitors, with Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei as the top seed, followed by China's Chen Long and Du Pengyu.

The women's singles features China's Li Xuerui, London Olympics gold medalist, along with Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon and German's Juliane Schenk.

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East Asian Games: China misses badminton clean-sweep

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Published: 15 October 2013
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China missed out on a clean sweep of badminton golds at the East Asian Games but locked up the remaining table tennis titles to stretch their big lead in the medals table Sunday.

World number three Du Pengyu beat Wang Zhengming 22-20, 21-17 to win the men's singles badminton and Han Li upstaged ex-number one Wang Shixian in another all-Chinese final for the women's title.

China also won the mixed and women's doubles but Lee Sheng-mu and Tsai Chia-hsin crashed the hosts' party when they beat fellow Taiwanese Chen Hung-ling and Lu Chia-pin to win the men's doubles.

China won all five badminton golds at the 2012 Olympics, despite a fixing scandal involving two of their players, but surprisingly won only two titles at this year's world championships on home soil.

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