Ratchanok, Thailand's ambitious badminton star

Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon is already No. 6 in the world badminton rankings and is likely to move to No. 5 after her victory at the India Open on Sunday – but the 18-year-old wants much more.

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Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon displays her winning medal after beating Juliane Schenk of Germany in the women's singles final of the India Open on April 28, 2013. (AFP/MANAN VATSYAYANA)


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Ratchanok, Thailand's ambitious badminton star

Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon is already No. 6 in the world badminton rankings and is likely to move to No. 5 after her victory at the India Open on Sunday.

That's not bad for an 18-year-old, but she wants more – much more. Her next target, she says, is to get into the top three in the world and then to win Olympic gold in Rio.

The ambitious teenager is clearly in a confident mood after beating Germany's Juliane Schenk in the final in Delhi to claim her first title of the year and her maiden Superseries win.

"I am very happy to finally get my first title of the year after finishing second at All England and the Swiss Open.

"The win meant I am now a better player. I will become world No.5 and I hope to end the year in the top three."

Ratchanok's ultimate goal remains winning an Olympic gold medal. She reached the quarter-finals at the 2012 London Olympics and hopes to go a few steps farther at the 2016 Rio Games.

Ratchanok's triumph in India also means a lot for the Intanon family as Ratchanok's father Winaschai must now quit smoking.

"He promised he would quit smoking if I won in India," Ratchanok said. "Now that I have won, he has to honour his promise."

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Kittipong Thongsombat.

display – to put something in a particular place so that people can see it easily  โชว์, แสดง
ambitious – determined to be successful, rich, powerful, etc ทะเยอทะยาน
ranking – the position of somebody/something on a scale that shows how good or important they are in relation to other similar people or things, especially in sport อันดับ
target – a particular number or amount that you want to achieve เป้าหมาย
confident – being certain of your abilities มั่นใจ
mood – the way you feel at a particular time อารมณ์
claim – to win something มีชัยชนะ
title – the position of a winner in a sports competition  ตำแหน่งแชมป์
maiden – being the first of its kind ครั้งแรก
ultimate – final, after a series of things have happened ท้ายที่สุด, ตอนสุดท้าย, ในที่สุด
quarter-final – a competition between two of the last eight competitors remaining in a tournament การแข่งขันก่อนรอบบรองชนะเลิศ
triumph – a great victory or success ชัยชนะครั้งใหญ่
honour – to do what you promised to do ทำตามสัญญา

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