Ratchanok Intanon leads Thailand to beat defending champions – Korea in 2019 Sudirman Cup quarters

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Ratchanok Intanon’s heroine act helps propel Thailand into the 2019 Sudirman Cup semi-final. (photo: Osport)
Ratchanok Intanon’s heroine act helps propel Thailand into the 2019 Sudirman Cup semi-final. (photo: Osport)

Nanning: Former world champion Ratchanok Intanon defeated teenage sensation World No. 50 An Se Young 21-15, 21-17 in the women’s singles match to clinch the Sudirman Cup quarter-final victory for Thailand and eliminated the defending champions Korea.

Thailand’s World No. 4 mixed doubles pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai gave their country the first point by outlasting Seo Seung-Jae/Chae Yu-Jung 21-18, 21-18.

The 20-year-old Kantaphon Wangcharoen then extended Thailand’s lead to 2-0 when he registered a 21-17, 21-17 win over Heo Kwang-Hee in the men’s singles match.

However, Kang Min-Hyuk/Kim Won-Ho kept Korea in the contention by beating Tinn Isriyanet/Kittinupong Kedren 19-21, 21-17, 21-14 in a grueling 63-minute men’s doubles match.

World No. 7 Ratchanok Intanon didn’t not give An Se Young any chances of repeating what she did on Wednesday by beating World No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan. The Thai badminton queen was all-out attack with steep smashes and net coverage that ultimately killing any weak returns from An. Intanon’s brilliant performance was enough for her to tame the 17-year-old An 21-15, 21-17 and led her team into the semi-final.

As for the China-Denmark tie, Viktor Axelsen was able to deny a clean sweep from China by picking up his fourth victory in his 16th career meeting against Chen Long of China, winning 21-11, 21-18. Other than the men’s singles match, Denmark went down to China in the mixed doubles, men’s doubles, and women’s singles events.

China will face Thailand in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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