. Thailand is now being noticed as a strong Badminton playing nation To me, Thailand has always been a strong Badminton nation. Now that Thailand has won the Silver medal at the 2010 Asian Games, we find interesting comments. Here is one from the Chinese Badminton team/players. ====== start part of article ====== Thailand emerge as major badminton force GUANGZHOU: Thailand's success in the team badminton at the Asian Games shows they could be a major threat in coming years, Thai officials say, a claim echoed by opposing players and coaches. An inexperienced Thai women's team were well beaten by hosts China 3-0 in the final on Monday, but the silver medal was far more than the unheralded side expected. The final saw 15-year-old Ratchanok Intanon, the World Junior Championship singles winner, take the first game against world number one Wang Xin, before the Chinese emerged a 20-22, 21-17, 21-14 winner. "My opponent was very aggressive and I felt pressured throughout the match," said Wang. "Her skill level is mature beyond her age," added Wang, 10 years Ratchanok's senior. "She is not tall but she was very aggressive in her shots and she was very powerful. She could become a major opponent because she is still young." China coach Li Yongbo said despite winning gold with ease in the women's team event, his staff could learn from blooding youngsters so early. "We can see very clearly that badminton is improving in the world and more and more countries are making improvements so we are going to face more and more challenges, so we need to work hard." said Li. "Thai players have improved a lot in the past few years, especially in the women's singles. They have shown great ability and potential here." Charoen Wattanasin, president of the Badminton Association of Thailand, was delighted with how the Thai shuttlers had performed so far at the Games. "In the past, we couldn't beat Malaysia on the men's side and our women's team couldn't beat Japan and Indonesia -- but now we can," he told the China Daily. ====== end part of article ====== Read more: Thailand emerge as major badminton force - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...n-force/articleshow/6934181.cms#ixzz15To9s2oh .