Ratchanok downs world No 1 - again

sports January 18, 2019 21:00

By The Nation

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Defending champion Ratchanok Intanon toppled the error-prone world No 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan 21-13 21-14 in the rematch of their last year’s final to reach the semi-finals of the Malaysia Masters in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

The eighth-ranked Thai was trailing in both games but benefited from a barrage of unforced errors from the Taiwanese to wrap up the encounter in just 31 minutes. 

She will play either Go Jin Wei of Malaysia or fifth-seeded He Bingjiao of China on Saturday.

Also moving into the semi-finals were the mixed doubles team of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai, who beat Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti of Indonesia 18-21 21-14 21-18.

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