Ratchanok is the new world No.1

FIRST: The Thai shuttler (pictured) thanking her supporters after winning her women's singles final against China's Sun Yu


    Apr 18, 2016

    Ratchanok is the new world No.1

    THAILAND shuttler Ratchanok Intanon will become the new world No. 1, after lifting the OUE Singapore Open women's singles crown yesterday.

    She beat defending champion Sun Yu of China 18-21, 21-11, 21-14 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium to become the first women's singles player to win three Superseries titles in as many weeks. She also bagged the India and Malaysia titles on her way to Singapore.

    With the triumph, the 2013 world champion will also displace Spain's Carolina Marin as the new world No. 1 when the new weekly world rankings are updated on Thursday.

    She said after her victory: "Today, I just tried to relax. My target (was) to be world No. 1. I'm looking forward to the Olympics. I want to win gold for Thailand."

    In defeat, China's Sun remained optimistic after a week's performance led her to a first Superseries final since her win here last year.

    The world No. 14 was issued a yellow card by the umpire for misconduct in the second game, after wiping herself down with a towel despite having her request rejected.

    She said: "I was a bit affected because I wasn't trying to waste time and the decision against me did affect me a little.

    "But I think I still did quite well to make the final."

    Meanwhile, Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro completed his fairytale run at the OUE Singapore Open, beating South Korea's Son Wan Ho 21-16, 13-21, 21-14 to win the men's singles title.

    The 31-year-old had come through the tournament as a qualifier, beating China's Lin Dan in the semi-finals en route to the final.

    This is his first Superseries title win in six years.

    He last tasted success at this level on the same stage at the 2010 Singapore Open.

    Said the 2004 Olympic bronze medallist who has struggled with injury over the years: "It's really been a while since I've won a Superseries title.

    "It's such a big achievement to be able to pass through the qualifiers and win this."

    With several Indonesians ranked above him, however, Sony is still likely to miss August's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He had also missed the London Games in 2012 after injury set him back in the qualification process.

    South Korean Son was playing in his first final since winning the Hong Kong Superseries in 2014.

    He said: "I had a slow start and that was my problem. Made too many mistakes.

    "Sony is a very experienced player and knows how to deal with hard situations."