Ratchanok Intanon (Badminton Photo)
Ratchanok Intanon (Badminton Photo)

Top seed next for Ratchanok

sports January 17, 2019 16:54

By The Nation

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Defending champion Ratchanok Intanon outclassed Chloe Birch of Great Britain to set up a Malaysian Masters quarter-final showdown on Friday with world No 1 Tai Tsu Ying of Taiwan.

The world No 6 took just 26 minutes to go through 21-12 21-10 and earn her 22nd tilt at the top seed. 

Ratchanok leads their head-to-head record 12-10 – their latest encounter, at last year’s Asian Games, went to the Thai 21-18 21-18.

On the downside, the Thai men’s No 1 Kantaphon Wancharoen was sent packing in round two, losing to fourth-seeded Son Wan Ho of South Korea 11-21 21-12 21-12.