Rampant Ratchanok roars in the Thailand Open final
BANGKOK: twice winner Ratchanok Intanon beat a thriller against fellow countryman Pornpawee Chochuwong to reach the final of the Thailand Open in homeland on saturday.
Former 24-year-old world champion Ratchanok shortened Pornpawee's exciting comeback when she won in three games 23-21, 17-21, 21-19 in front of a crowded crowd.
In Sunday's final he will face the best Chinese seed Chen Yufei , who has not yet lost a game after beating Sayaka Takahashi 21-16, 21-19.
Ratchanok faced Pornpawee without seeds in a bustling atmosphere at the Huamark indoor stadium while the former world number one continued his quest for a third title in Bangkok.
The victory was a pure joy for the third-seeded Ratchanok, who had to dig deep while in the third game before recovering aggressively.
Elsewhere, Chou Tien-chen Taiwan beat Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia in consecutive games to reach the men's final, where he will play the current champion Kanta Tsuneyama or Angus Ng of Hong Kong.
In doubles, Chinese third-seeded Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen will play the seedless Indian couple Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty for the men's title.
In the women's final, Du Yue and Li Yinhui, the eighth seeds of China, will play with the seventh Japanese seeds Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto.