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YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE LYRIC

Gerry & The Pacemakers

  • When you walk through a storm
  • Hold your head up high
  • And don’t be afraid of the dark
  • At the end of a storm
  • There’s a golden sky
  • And the sweet silver song of a lark
  • Walk on through the wind
  • Walk on through the rain
  • Though your dreams be tossed and blown
  • Walk on, walk on
  • With hope in your heart
  • And you’ll never walk alone
  • You’ll never walk alone
  • Walk on, walk on
  • With hope in your heart
  • And you’ll never walk alone
  • You’ll never walk alone

Liliyana Natsir

Liliyana Natsir (born 9 September 1985) is a retired Indonesian badminton player who specialized in doubles. With one gold and silver from the Olympic Games, and four gold medals at the BWF World Championships, she is regarded as one of the greatest mixed doubles players of all-time. Natsir was the second Indonesian woman Olympic gold medalist, after Susi Susanti won gold in 1992. She gained huge success by partnering with two different players. Her current partner is Tontowi Ahmad since 2010, after being separated from her previous partner, Nova Widianto. She also won three titles in a row from 2012–2014 at All England Badminton Championships, one of the most prestigious and oldest tournament in the sport. Been entering the top level since 18 years old, her tactical awareness, game vision, and dominance at the front court are considered as one of the best in the tour. In 2016, she and Tontowi Ahmad became the first Indonesian mixed doubles pair to win gold medal at the Olympic Games by beating Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia.

Personal Life

Natsir is a daughter of Beno Natsir (father) and Olly Maramis (mother).

Early Life

Natsir had dreamed of being a badminton athlete since childhood. She started playing badminton at the age of nine at her local badminton club in Manado. Three years later, she decided to move to Jakarta and entered her youth club, Tangkas Alfamart. She joined the national badminton team of Indonesia in 2002 together with Natalia Poluakan, her longtime friend from Manado. When she and Poluakan won the women’s doubles title in Pekan Olahraga Nasional (National Games), Richard Mainaky noticed her game and invited her to play in mixed doubles with Nova Widianto.

Career

In 2006, Natsir and Widianto won the Asian Championships in mixed doubles and four World Grand Prix titles. They won the BWF World Championships in both 2005 and 2007. While Natsir had previously focused on mixed doubles with partner Nova Widianto, in 2007 she began playing women’s doubles with Vita Marissa. In the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Thailand, Natsir and Marissa won the gold medal in women’s doubles, defeating their Indonesian teammates Jo Novita and Greysia Polii in straight sets. They also helped the Indonesian women’s team win the team gold medal at the games. In the beginning of 2009 Marissa resigned from national team. When this decision came out, Marissa and Natsir had to split up and each focus on their own career. One year later, in September 2010, the badminton world was surprised by the sudden split of world number #1 mixed-doubles pair Widianto and Natsir. In total, Nova and Liliyana had clinched two World Championship gold medals and 14 titles all together, and were still at world #1 when the decision was announced. Since then Lilyana has paired with the younger player Tontowi Ahmad in mixed doubles.

Awards

  • Indonesia Sports Awards 2018 for Favorite Mixed Pair
  • iNews Maker Awards 2017
  • Golden Award SIWO PWI 2017
  • Golden Shuttle Awards 2016
  • Indonesia Kids Choice Awards 2014
  • Anugerah Seputar Indonesia 2014
  • People of the Year 2013 by Sindo newspaper

Achievements

Olympic Games

She has made three Olympics appearance in her playing career where she got a gold medal in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, reached the semifinals of the 2012 London Olympics and the final of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the mixed doubles, and lost in the first round of the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the women’s doubles.

  • 2016 Summer Olympics at the Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Natsir competed in badminton at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Mixed doubles with partner Tontowi Ahmad and won the gold medal in the end.

Natsir and Ahmad at 2012 Summer Olympics
  • 2012 Summer Olympics at the Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom

Natsir competed in badminton at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Mixed doubles with partner Tontowi Ahmad and finished fourth at the end.

  • 2008 Summer Olympics at the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium, Beijing, China

Natsir competed in badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics in mixed doubles with partner Nova Widianto and earned a silver medal. They were defeated in the final by the gold medalists Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung of South Korea in straight sets 21–11 and 21–17.
She also competed in the women’s doubles event with Vita Marissa but lost to Zhang Jiewen and Yang Wei of China in the first round.

BWF World Championships

  • 2017 BWF World Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2015 BWF World Championships at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2013 BWF World Championships at the Tianhe Sports Center in Guangzhou, China
  • 2011 BWF World Championships at the Wembley Arena in London, England
  • 2009 BWF World Championships at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, India
  • 2007 BWF World Championships at the Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2005 BWF World Championships at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, United States

World Cup

Mixed doubles

Asian Games

Mixed doubles

Asian Championships

Mixed doubles

Women’s doubles

Southeast Asian Games

Mixed doubles

Women’s doubles

World Junior Championships

Girls’ doubles

Mixed doubles

Asian Junior Championships

Mixed doubles

BWF World Tour (1 title, 3 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.

Mixed doubles

BWF Superseries (23 titles, 19 runners-up)

Lilyana Natsir and Tantowi Ahmad at the 2013 French Open Superseries

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end. Liliyana has got many superseries titles with some partners such as Nova Widianto, Vita Marissa, and Tontowi Ahmad.

Mixed doubles

Women’s doubles

BWF Grand Prix (10 titles, 4 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Mixed doubles

Women’s doubles

IBF World Grand Prix (5 Titles and 4 Runners-up)

Nova Widianto & Lilyana Natsir

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Mixed doubles

Participation on Indonesian Team

  • 5 times at Sudirman Cup (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  • 3 times at Uber Cup (2004, 2008, 2010)

Performance timeline

Indonesian team

Individual competitions

Career Statistics

Women’s and mixed doubles titles

All England Open Badminton Championships

Wikipedia

All England (All England Open Badminton Championships) (bahasa Indonesia: Kejuaraan Bulu Tangkis Inggris Terbuka) adalah salah satu kejuaraan bulu tangkis tertua dan paling prestisius di dunia. Diadakan sejak tahun 1899 dengan nama The Open English Championships, turnamen ini telah berpindah-pindah lokasi kejuaraan sebanyak enam kali. Saat ini All England diadakan di National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, dan sejak 1984 disponsori secara ekslusif oleh Yonex.

Untuk kompetisi edisi tahun 2019 yang akan diselenggarakan tanggal 6-10 Maret 2019 yang akan datang, Badminton England, selaku badan pengatur urusan olahraga Bulu Tangkis di Inggris telah menggandeng 12BET sebagai Partner Resmi YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships edisi ke-109.

Dengan jumlah kepenontonan yang mencapai angka kurang lebih 31.000 penonton setiap tahunnya yang memenuhi National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, kompetisi ini merupakan salah satu ajang kompetisi cabang olahraga bulu tangkis yang paling populer di dunia. Selain itu, hingga tahun 1977, turnamen ini juga dianggap sebagai Kejuaraan Dunia tak resmi bulu tangkis, meski sempat tidak diselenggarakan sebanyak dua kali karena perang dunia.

Juara sebelumnya

Tempat penyelenggaraan

Dalam sejarahnya, turnamen ini telah dilangsungkan di delapan tempat berbeda, dan sejak 1994 sampai sekarang dimainkan di Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham.

|}{| class=wikitable !Tahun !Tempat !Lokasi |- |1899–1901 |HQ of the London Scottish Rifles |Buckingham Gate, Westminster |- |1902 |Crystal Palace Central Transept |Sydenham Hill |- |1903–1909 |London Rifles Brigade’s City Headquarters |Bunhill Row, Islington |- |1910–1939 |Lindley Hall, Vincent Square |Westminster, London |- |1947–1949 |Harringay Arena, North London Stadium |North London |- |1950–1956 |Empress Hall |Earls Court, London |- |1957–1993 |Wembley Arena |Wembley, London |- |1994– |Barclaycard Arena |Birmingham |}

Pemain tersukses

Di bawah ini adalah daftar pemain yang paling banyak memperoleh medali pada kejuaraan Inggris Terbuka:

Performa berdasarkan negara

Melati Daeva Oktavianti

Wikipedia

Melati Daeva Oktaviani (lahir di Serang, Banten, 26 Oktober 1994; umur 24 tahun) merupakan pemain bulutangkis asal Indonesia. Atlet kelahiran Serang, 26 Oktober 1994 ini merupakan pemain asal klub PB Djarum. Ia merupakan peraih medali emas Kejuaraan Dunia Junior BWF 2012 bersama Edi Subaktiar. Ia saat ini dipasangkan dengan Ronald Alexander di nomor ganda campuran.

Prestasi

Kejuaraan Dunia Junior BWF

Ganda Campuran

BWF Grand Prix

BWF Grand Prix terdiri dari dua tingkatan, seperti Grand Prix Gold dan Grand Prix. Ini adalah rangkaian turnamen bulutangkis yang diselenggarakan oleh Badminton World Federation (BWF) sejak 2007.

Ganda Putri

International Challenge/Series

Ganda Putri

Ganda Putri

Prestasi Lainnya

  • Semifinalis Pertamina Open 2013 (Ganda Dewasa Putri)
  • Runner-up Kejuaraan Nasional (Kejurnas) 2013 (Ganda Dewasa Putri)
  • Juara Walikota Surabaya Cup 2013 (Ganda Dewasa Putri)
  • Juara Kejuaraan Nasional 2012 (Ganda Taruna Putri)
  • Juara Kejuaraan Nasional 2012 (Ganda Campuran Taruna)
  • Medali Perak PON XVIII Riau 2012 (Beregu Putri)
  • Juara Tangkas Specs Junior Challenge Open Badminton Championship 2012
  • Juara Djarum Sirnas Jawa Barat 2012
  • Juara Sirnas DKI Jakarta Open 2012
  • Juara Walikota Surabaya Cup 2012 (Ganda Putri)
  • Juara German Junior 2012 (Ganda Putri)
  • Juara Dutch Junior 2012 (Ganda Campuran)
  • Semifinal BNI Astec Open 2011 (Ganda Putri)
  • Runner Up Kejurnas Pekan Baru 2011 (Ganda Putri)
  • Juara I Djarum Sirnas Bandung 2011 (Ganda Putri)
  • Juara I Djarum Sirnas Bandung 2011 (Ganda Campuran)
  • Runner-up Djarum Sirnas Jakarta 2011 (Ganda Putri)
  • Semifinal Piala Walikota Surabaya 2011 (Ganda Campuran)
  • Perempat final Piala Walikota Surabaya 2011 (Ganda Putri)
  • Juara I Sirnas Bengkulu 2011 (Ganda Putri)
  • Juara I Sirnas Palangkaraya 2011
  • Juara II Astec Open 2010 (Ganda Campuran)
  • Perempat final Astec Open 2010 (Ganda Putri)
  • Juara I Sirkuit Nasional Medan 2010 (Ganda Putri)
  • Juara II Kejurprov Jateng 2010 ( Ganda Putri )
  • Semifinal Sirkuit Nasional Surabaya 2010 (Ganda Putri)
  • Perempat final Sirnas Bali 2010 (Ganda Campuran)
  • Semifinal Sirkuit Nasional Tegal 2010 (Ganda Campuran & Ganda Putri)
  • Perempat final Tangkas Alfamart Junior Challenge Open 2010 (Ganda Putri)
  • Perempat final Sirkuit Nasional Jawa Barat 2010 (Ganda Putri)
  • Juara I Sirkuit Nasional Jakarta 2010
  • Juara II Walikota Surabaya Cup (Ganda Campuran)
  • Semifinal Djarum Arena Cirebon 2010
  • Juara III Kejurda Jateng 2009 (Ganda Campuran)
  • Juara III Astec Open Jakarta 2009
  • Juara III Astec Open Jakarta 2009 (Ganda Campuran)
  • Juara III Sirnas DKI Jakarta 2009
  • Juara III Tetrapark Open 2007
  • Juara II Porseni SMP 2007
  • 8 Besar Sirkuit Bali 2007
  • 8 Besar JPGG Surabaya 2007

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YONEX FRENCH OPEN 2019 | 22 – 27 OCTOBER STADE PIERRE DE COUBERTIN, PARIS, FRANCE

Gallery

Melati Daeva OKTAVIANTI _ DANISA DENMARK OPEN 2019
Melati Daeva OKTAVIANTI _ YONEX ALL ENGLAND OPEN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
Melati Daeva OKTAVIANTI _ YONEX-SUNRISE INDIA OPEN 2019

Susi Susanti

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Legenda bulu tangkis Indonesia Susi Susanti (kanan) membawa api obor dari India dan mantan atlet tenis Yustedjo Tarik (kiri) membawa api obor dari Mrapen yang akan disatukan di kaldron saat Asian Games 2018 Torch Relay Concert di Kompleks Candi Prambanan, Sleman, DI Yogyakarta, Rabu (18/7). Penyatuan kedua api obor tersebut menandai dimulainya perjalanan api obor Asian Games 2018 yang akan dibawa berlari mengelilingi 18 provinsi. ANTARA FOTO/Ismar Patrizki/nz/18.

Lucia Francisca Susy Susanti (Hanzi: 王蓮香, Pinyin: Wang Lian-xiang, Hokkien: Ong Lien Hiang, born 11 February 1971 in Tasikmalaya, West Java) is a retired Indonesian badminton player. Relatively small of stature, she combined quick and graceful movement with elegant shotmaking technique, and regarded by many as one of the greatest women’s singles player of all time. Sometimes her name is also spelled Susi Susanti. She is the first Indonesian Olympic gold medalist and the only Indonesian woman until Lilyana Natsir won gold in 2016.

Career

She won the women’s singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain and the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, United States. She retired from the world badminton circuit not long after her marriage to Alan Budikusuma (who had also won a badminton singles gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics) in February 1997.

Susanti was the most dominant women’s singles player in the first half of the 1990s, winning the All-England in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994, the World Badminton Grand Prix finale five times consecutively from 1990 to 1994 as well as in 1996, and the IBF World Championships in 1993.

She is the only female player to hold the Olympic, World Championship, and All-England singles titles simultaneously. She won the Japan Open three times and the Indonesian Open five times. She also won numerous Badminton Grand Prix Series events and five Badminton World Cups. She led the Indonesian team to victory over perennial champion China in the 1994 and 1996 Uber Cup (women’s world team) competitions.

All of this came during a relatively strong period in women’s international badminton. Her chief competitors early in her prime years were the Chinese players Tang Jiuhong and Huang Hua, and, later, China’s Ye Zhaoying and the Korean Bang Soo-hyun.

Susanti was inducted into the International Badminton Federation (IBF, currently BWF) Hall of Fame in May 2004, and received the Herbert Scheele Trophy in 2002.

Playing Style

Susanti was an extremely durable defensive player who like to instigate long rallies to wear out opponent’s stamina and forcing unforced errors. The style was in contrast to most of the top female players of her contemporaries like, Bang Soo Hyun, Tang Jiuhong, Huang Hua, Ye Zhaoying, who at the time deployed more aggressive style.

Bulks of her points came from opponent’s bad strikes. Susanti’s matches were characteristically slow and long, especially in the era of 15 points system in a player could only get a point whenever she or he held the serve. Susanti’s relied on deep lob to the backline, effectively nullified the chance of engaging in fast pace exchange, and combined it with occasional drop shots near the net which forced her opponent to cover the entire court. Susanti’s frequently covered her backhand side with overhead forehand, many with heavy back-arching overhead forehands. She often stretched her legs very wide and low to take shots at the corners or away from her position. Being a small girl with limited court coverage in her development years had pushed her to develop the wide leg-stretching manoeuvre, a pose that became her signature move and sometimes ended with a full leg split. In later years of her career, Susanti incorporated a little smash in her repertoire, just enough to put her opponent off-balance since most of her opponents barely expected any attacking strikes from her.

Personal Life

She is married to Alan Budikusuma (Chinese: 魏仁芳), a men’s badminton Olympic gold medalist (also in 1992) and one of the top men’s players in the history of the sport, a former Chinese Indonesian badminton player who excelled at the world level from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. Together they have three children Laurencia Averina, born 1999.

Achievements

Olympic Games

1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain

1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States of America

World Championships

Women’s Singles

  • 1995 IBF World Championships at the Malley Sports Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1993 IBF World Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England
  • 1991 IBF World Championships at the Brøndbyhallen in Copenhagen, Denmark

World Cup

Women’s singles

World Badminton Grand Prix Finals

Women’s singles

Asian Games

Women’s singles

Asia Championships

Women’s singles

Southeast Asian Games

Women’s singles

IBF World Grand Prix

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Women’s singles

Women’s doubles

International Series

Women’s singles

Women’s doubles

Mixed doubles

Ratchanok INTANON

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ratchanok Intanon (Thai: รัชนก อินทนนท์, RTGS: Ratchanok Inthanon, pronounced [rát.t͡ɕʰā.nók ʔīn.tʰā.nōn]; born 5 February 1995) is a Thai badminton player who became the first Thai to become No.1 in women’s singles. She is known for her relaxed hitting motion and light footwork which has been described as ‘balletic’ by commentators such as Gillian Clark. She became world champion in women’s singles in 2013.

Career Summary

2009–2012

Ratchanok won her first individual International title in 2009, while she was only 14, by winning the Vietnam International Challenge. She made history by becoming the youngest-ever champion at the BWF World Junior Championships at 14 when she triumphed in Malaysia. She also reached SEA Games 2009 Badminton WS final but lost to her compatriot Salakjit Ponsana.

In 2010, at the age of 15, she successfully defended her title at the World Junior Championships in Mexico. She won two back-to-back Grand Prix tournaments by winning Vietnam Open Grand Prix and Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold. In 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, she won a silver medal as a member of the women’s team. In the final, she lost to Wang Xin, at that time world number 1, 22-20 17-21 14-21.

In 2011, she became the most successful player ever in individual events at the BWF World Junior Championships, winning the women’s singles title for the third straight time in Taiwan. She won Syed Modi International and was also a member of the women’s team that defeated Indonesia in the final at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games. At the BWF World Championships, she was the only player to take a game off of the eventual champion, Wang Yihan.

In 2012, Ratchanok, at 16 years of age, was awarded the Best Female Athlete Award in Thailand after winning the world junior title for three successive years. Ratchanok’s biggest goal is to win the Olympic gold medal. However, at 2012 London Olympics quarter-final match with Wang Xin, despite leading 21–17 and 16-9 in the second game, she failed to close the match and eventually lost 21–17, 18–21, 14–21. She reached the finals of the SCG Thailand Open 2012 but lost to Saina Nehwal 19–21 21–15 21–10 in the finals. She entered the finals of a Super Series tournament for the first time in 2012 China Open Super Series Premier but lost to Li Xuerui 12-21, 9-21. She qualified for the Super Series Finals and lost in the semi-finals. She finished the year as world number 9.

2013

2013 was one of Ratchanok’s golden years. She reached the finals of the 2013 All England Open Badminton Championships, losing to Tine Rasmussen 14–21, 21–16, 10–21. Despite her loss, she is still the youngest singles finalist ever at the All England tournament. She won her first Superseries tournament by beating Juliane Schenk 22-20, 21-14 in the Yonex Sunrise India Open 2013 to become the youngest-ever Superseries winner, with the age of 18 years, 2 months and 22 days (She held this record for 6 months until Akane Yamaguchi won the 2013 Japan Open at the age of 16). She again reached the finals of the SCG Thailand Open 2013. This time she won the title, beating Busanan Ongbumrungpan 20-22, 21-19, 21-13 to become the first Thai ever to win the women’s singles title at the Thailand Open since it was first held in 1984.

After the Thailand Open, she decided to withdraw from both the Indonesia Open SSP and Singapore Open SS to recover from her foot injury and prepare for the BWF World Championships. In August, Ratchanok won the BWF World Championships, beating world number 1 and Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui 22-20 18-21 21-14 in the final. She is the first-ever Thai player to be the World Champion. At the age of 18, she is also the youngest singles World Champion ever. She became the World Champion while still being eligible to play in the 2013 BWF Junior World Championships in Bangkok. After World Championships, she injured her back which forced her to withdraw from another two super series events, Japan Open and China Master. Ratchanok didn’t qualify for Super Series Final in Malaysia and finished 2013 as the World number 3. She was awarded “2013 Best Females Athletes Award” from Thailand Sports Authority.

2014

Ratchanok reached the final of the Korea Open for the first time but lost to Wang Yihan 13-21, 19-21. Her head-to-head statistics with Wang Yihan has been increased to 0-8. She was awarded “Best Asian Sporting Icon” by Fox Sports Asia, based on voting from internet fans from its website. She reached the semi-finals of the All England 2014 to meet with Li Xuerui for the first time after beating her in World Championships of 2013. However, this time she lost to Li Xuerui in 2 sets. After the All England tournament, Ratchanok failed to pass the first round in both the 2014 Asian Championship and Japan Open. She reached the finals of the Indonesia Open but again lost to Li Xuerui 13-21, 13-21. After the Indonesia Open, Ratchanok did not reach any finals for the rest of the year. She failed to defend her World Champion title by losing in the second round. She qualified for Super Series Final in Dubai but failed to pass the round-robin. She finished the 2014 year as World number 6.

2015

At the age of 20, Ratchanok made a comeback by reaching the final of the India Open for the second time but lost to her opponent, Saina Nehwal, 16-21, 14-21.[13] However, in the quarter-finals of the All England Championships while playing Sun Yu, while 13-19 down in the decider, Ratchanok was forced to retire from cramp. Many people were skeptical about her fitness levels. A month later, she created history as the first Thai singles player to be crowned Asia Championship champion by defeating Li Xuerui in the final match 20-22, 23-21, 21-12 in China.14] It was the first time that Ratchanok had beaten Li Xuerui since the final of the 2013 World Championships. In June, she won her first Super Series Premier title by beating Yui Hashimoto of Japan in straight games, 21-11, 21-10, at the Indonesia Open. However, at the BWF World Championships, she had to retire from court 8-5 up in the decider against Lindaweni Fanetri in the last 16 stage from cramp yet again. She won a gold medal with Thailand Women’s team at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. After the Indonesia Open, she didn’t reach the final of any tournaments but earned enough points to qualify for the Dubai Super Series Final tournament. She lost to Wang Yihan in the semi-final, which brought their head-to-head statistics to 0-12. She finished the 2015 season at world number 7.

2016

Ratchanok won Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2016, a second Grand Prix Gold tournament in Thailand, by beating Sun Yu of China in the Final 21-19, 18-21, 21-17. She again won Indian Open Super Series for the second time by beating Li Xue Rui in the Final 21-17, 21-18. In Malaysia Super Series Premier the week after, Ratchanok finally won the maiden match over Wang Yihan by beating her in Semi-Final 21-11, 21-19. Their head-to-head statistics improved from 0-12 to be 1-12. In the final, she beat Tai Tzu-ying 21-14, 21-15 to earn the Malaysia Open title for the first time. It was Ratchanok’s first time to win two consecutive Superseries tournaments. Ratchanok then became the first singles player to win 3 Superseries in 3 consecutive weeks by winning the Singapore Super Series, defeating Sun Yu in the final. By winning 3 Superseries in a row, Ratchanok also rose to the No.1 spot in the world rankings, becoming the first Thai to achieve this feat. Intanon qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics and is the Thai flag bearer. At the Olympics she failed to pass the Round of 16, losing out to the Japanese rising star, Akane Yamaguchi, in a close two game match 19-21, 16-21. Ratchanok then withdrew from the Thailand Open, and she lost in the quarter-finals and the second round of the Japan Open and Korea Open respectively. Following that, she withdrew from the Denmark Open as well as the French Open due to a knee injury that she picked up at the Rio Olympics. After that, she played a couple of shots in China before retiring, and then she withdrew from the Hong Kong Open due to the same injury, knowing that she would have secured enough points to qualify for the Super Series Finals. Ratchanok had the goal of making it into the semi-finals of the Superseries Finals but lost 21-19 21-12 to Sung Ji Hyun, 21-13 21-14 to Tai Tzu Ying, and 21-19 11-10, retiring injured against He Bingjiao. She finished 2016 at a world ranking of 5.

2017

Ratchanok withdrew from her home event, the Thailand Masters, due to a knee injury. Following that, she played in her first tournament of 2017 in March, the Yonex All England Open. She made her way to the quarter-finals, where she had to face off against world no. 2, Carolina Marin. Intanon won 22-20, 13-21, 21-18. She was 11-18 down in the rubber set but won 10 straight points to close out the match. In the semis, she faced Akane Yamaguchi, who leads the head to heads 6-5. Intanon won 22-20, 21-16 in 48 minutes of play to secure herself a spot in the Final against Tai Tzu Ying. Tai beat Intanon 16-21, 20-22 to win. Ratchanok later in the year took the SCG Thailand Open beating compatriot Busanan Ongbumrungphan in the final, 21-18, 12-21, 21-16. She also won the Skycity New Zealand Open beating Saena Kawakami in the final 21-14, 16-21, 21-15. She participated in the Denmark Open Premier Series where she beat Sung Ji Hyun and Tai Tzu Ying. Ratchanok met Akane Yamaguchi in the final, and beat her in a thrilling 3 game match with 21-19 in the rubber set, to win the title.[20] She said that she dedicated the title to Thailand’s king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died the year before.

2018

At the beginning of the year, Ratchanok participated in and won the Malaysia Masters Super 500 tournament, beating Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-finals, and Tai Tzu Ying in the finals, with 24-22 in the third set. She then proceeded to reach the semi-finals of both the Indonesia Masters Super 500 and the India Open Super 500, losing out to Saina Nehwal and Pusarla V. Sindhu respectively. At the Asian Games, Ratchanok made it to the quarter-final stage before losing out to Saina Nehwal. She then proceeded to make it to the finals of the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open, losing to Nozomi Okuhara 19-21 22-24. She qualified for the HSBC World Tour Finals, where she lost in the semi-finals to Pusarla V. Sindhu. She finished the year at world no. 8.

2019

Ratchanok participated in the Malaysia Masters Super 500, hoping to defend her title. She won her matches in straight sets, including beating Tai Tzu Ying, to set up a final against Carolina Marin. Ratchanok beat Marin 21-9 22-20 to successfully defend her title. At the German Open Super 300, Ratchanok beat Nozomi Okuhara in the Semi-Finals, but lost to Akane Yamaguchi in 3 games, losing 23-25 in the deciding game. After that in form, Ratchanok went to England for All England Open but lost in the first round to player she never lost before Chen Xiaoxin of China in 3 rubber games. This was her second consecutive 1st round exit at All England open.

Ratchanok Intanon then won her 3rd Indian Open title in 2019 Indian Open by beating He Bingjiao of China in two straight games 21-15,21-14. This was Ratchanok’s first-ever victory over the left-handed Chinese He Bingjiao in their 5 encounters.

Records currently held

  • Youngest ever singles champion of BWF World Championships (2013, age of 18 years 6 months and 6 days)
  • Youngest ever champion of the BWF World Junior Championships (2009, age of 14)
  • First ever 3-time champion in a single discipline of the BWF World Junior Championships (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Youngest ever singles finalist of the All England Open Badminton Championships (2013, age of 18)
  • First ever singles player to win 3 Superseries titles in 3 consecutive weeks
  • First ever Thai badminton player ranked World #1

Honors and Awards

Ratchanok Intanon won many awards and honors in recognition of her achievements, below are some of the international prestigious awards she had won so far.

Achievements

BWF World Championships

Women’s singles

Asian Championships

Women’s singles

Southeast Asian Games

Women’s singles

BWF World Junior Championships

Girls’ singles

Asian Junior Championships

Girls’ doubles

BWF World Tour (3 titles, 4 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[30] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[31]

Women’s singles

BWF Superseries (6 titles, 6 runners-up)

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women’s singles

BWF Grand Prix (7 titles, 3 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women’s singles

BWF International Challenge/Series (2 titles, 4 runners-up)

Women’s singles

Women’s doubles

Mixed doubles

Personal Life

Ratchanok is the daughter of Winutchai Intanon and Kumpan Suvarsara. She also has a brother. Ratchanok was born in Yasothon Province in the northeast of Thailand, but moved at the age of three months with her parents, who worked at the Banthongyord sweets factory in Bang Khae District of Bangkok. She is of Chinese descent. As a child, Ratchanok would run around the factory floor. Factory owner Kamala Thongkorn, worried that she would be burned by boiling water and hot sugar, allowed Ratchanok to play at the factory’s badminton courts. She started playing when she was six years old, and won her first championship at the age of seven.

Ratchanok used her prize money and endorsement fees aid her parents and brother. Her father opened a food shop with her help. “I wanted to be a national player like my older friends and play for the country, because that was the only way I could help my parents to improve our status and leave poverty”, she said.

Ratchanok trains at the Banthongyord Badminton School. Her coach is Patapol Ngernsrisuk, former Olympian and son of Kamala Thongkorn.

Career Overview

Performance Timeline

Record against selected opponents

Record against Super Series finalists, World Championships semifinalists and Olympic quarterfinalists (as of 20 December 2018):

Summer Olympics

BWF World Championships

BWF World Junior Championships

Sudirman Cup

Axiata Cup

Royal Decorations

BWF Gallery

Nitchaon Jindapol

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nitchaon Jindapol (Thai: ณิชชาอร จินดาพล; born 31 March 1991) is a Thai professional badminton singles player. She was member of the national women’s team which finished as runner-up at the 2010 Asian Games. She graduated at the Sripatum University in Bachelor of Business Administration.

Achievements

Southeast Asian Games

Women’s singles

BWF World Tour

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.

Women’s singles

BWF Grand Prix

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women’s singles

BWF International Challenge/Series

Women’s singles

Career Overview

Performance Timeline

Key

Record against selected opponents

Nitchaon Jindapol BWF Player’s Profile 2019

Nitchaon Jindapol Gallery