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08-12-2013, 04:44 AM #341
08-12-2013, 05:21 AM #342
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08-12-2013, 06:46 AM #344
Well I for one have been calling her the shortened version of Ratchanok with not even a consideration to the animal... so I call her May from now!
08-12-2013, 10:35 AM #345
08-12-2013, 10:55 AM #346
08-12-2013, 09:31 PM #347
08-12-2013, 10:24 PM #348
I'm sure most of us meant well all this while when we used the name fondly.
I'm not sure whether May actually felt offended as she must have known the nickname for a long time and there was no negative response from her so far.
Let's have some fun and find out more.
It must be noted that the following description applies to people born under the following dates and May's birthday may be different:
Years of the Rat
02/18/1912-02/05/1913 02/05/1924-01/23/1925 01/24/1936-02/10/1937 02/10/1948-01/28/1949 01/28/1960-02/14/1961 02/15/1972-02/02/1973 02/02/1984-02/19/1985 02/19/1996-02/06/1997 02/06/2008-01/25/2009 01/25/2020-02/11/2021 02/11/2032-01/30/2033 01/30/2044-02/16/2045
According to the Chinese Zodiac:
Though people consider the rat not adorable, and it even makes its way into derogatory languages, it ranks first on the Chinese zodiac. It has attributes of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.
People under this sign are usually smart and wealthy and will work for success. They are sanguine and very adaptable, being popular with others. Rat girls have a flair for cleanliness and tidiness. They are clever and adorable, personable and materialistic. They are also by nature thoughtful, sensible, judiciously and curious.
But I like the name May as well.
When one says "May I watch the WC match between May and LXR?" it is polite.
08-13-2013, 12:52 AM #349
I never paid much attention to women's singles much recently, but boy I was in a treat when I watched LXR vs Inthanon. At 18 years old who has achieved already world champion status is just mind boggling.
She's smaller than a lot of the taller Chinese players but boy does she have some explosive footwork to get behind the shuttle.
Great example is in her most recent match:
She did this numerous times in the match but I consider this her trademark combination of shots to finish off a rally that's just lethal. When an opponent lifts/clears to her forehand in the right back corner, she quickly shuffles back to hit a very sharp angled slice smash to the opponent's right hand side followed up by another smash to the opponent's left hand side. Not only does this take good power and technique, you have to have the speed and explosive footwork to pull this off. I think the way she explodes off her left foot to hit the around-the-head finishing smash is phenomenal and something you see more in the men's game than the women's game due to the sheer physicality needed.
At such a young age, she has already added new dimensions to the definition of the attacking play for women's singles.
I will be paying very close attention to her from now on!
08-13-2013, 03:54 AM #350
18-year-old's new goal: World No 1
18-year-old's new goal: World No 1
Lerpong Amsa-ngiamThe Nation/Asia News Network
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013
THAILAND - Newly crowned world champion Ratchanok Intanon could not have been happier to receive bouquets of flowers from the Royal family, especially of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
And the young star has set new goals - to become the world No 1 and win a gold medal at the Olympics.
The 18-year-old caused a sensation around the country on Sunday when she stunned world No 1 Li Xuerui of China in the BWF World Championships women's singles final in Guangzhou. She became the youngest winner of the women's singles title and the first ever from Thailand.
The teenager, who will reach No 2 in the rankings this week, was presented with a "Grateful Child" shield from Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali at Amporn Gardens before receiving her most valuable present from the Queen via a royal representative at the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) headquarters.
"I'm deeply grateful for Their Majesties' gracious kindness and continuing support of Thai sports. I'm even more inspired to work harder and try to win more tournaments," said an overwhelmed Ratchanok.
She was also granted royal bouquets from His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana.
"I want to be No 1 in the world within one or two years and to win the Olympics gold medal at Rio de Janeiro," said Ratchanok, who was tied up with many activities yesterday including posing for Praew magazine, attending a talk show on Channel 3 before having dinner with her family and godmother Kamala Thongkorn, the owner of Banthongyord Badminton School, where she trains.
Ratchanok or May, as she is called by her family and friends, said she would buy a refrigerator and a washing machine for her mother Kamphan as a present for Mother's Day.
Kamphan, who is a worker in a sweet factory, said she wanted her daughter to remain the same and keep working hard to reach the top. "I always taught her to be humble as she was not from a rich family like other kids. I told her to be well behaved. She is a very well disciplined girl. That's why she has got to this stage," she said.
Thailand hails teen
Thai media cheered the teen star with a flurry of ecstatic headlines as the nation celebrated its first gold at the badminton worlds.
Ratchanok, who still has braces on her teeth, sprang a shock when she defeated Chinese Olympic champion Li Xuerui 22-20 18-21 21-14 on Sunday in Li's own backyard.
Pictures of the smiling teenager gripping her trophy after the showdown in Guangzhou adorned almost every front page as Thailand revelled in a rare ray of golden glory.
"Thai badminton roars, May swats China and collects the championship," proclaimed the Thai language Thai Rath, referring to her nickname.
"May - a historic champion. The whole nation is elated," Siam Sport said.
Ratchanok's victory over Li, also aiming for her first world title, broke China's stranglehold on the championship. It is also a fairytale win for the teen, whose career started at the age of five when the owner of the factory where her parents worked sent her to train at a nearby badminton academy.
The teenager, regarded as one of the best young players in the sport, supports her family through her sporting career.
Kamala, who owns both the factory and the badminton school, attended the final.
"This is another triumph - we did not expect that success would be this fast," she told AFP. "I am so proud of her," the 54-year-old Kamala said
08-13-2013, 04:00 AM #351
Ratchanok's birthdate is Feb. 5, 1995, which means she was born in the Year of the Pig.
08-13-2013, 06:23 AM #352
Ratchanok creates badminton history
GUANGZHOU: Ratchanok Intanon, 18, set two records at the Tianhe Indoor Gymnasium by emerging as Thailand's first and the youngest winner in badminton's World Championship history after beating China's Olympic champion Li Xuerui 22-20, 18-21, 21-14 in the women's singles final today.
The teenager, who served notice of her immense potential when she won the World Junior title at the age of 13, was in splendid form as she overcame stiff resistance from Xuerui and a partisan home crowd to win in 65 minutes.
Ratchanok, who went on to win the world junior title a further two times before shifting her attention to the senior stage, ended China's eight-year dominance of the women's singles title.
In fact, only Denmark and Indonesia (twice each) have won the women's singles title before with China players having been crowned champions a whopping 15 times since the first World Championships in 1977.
Ratchanok's triumph will also go a long way in redeeming Thailand's battered pride following the clash between her compatriots Maneepong Jongjit and Bodin Issara in the Canada Open doubles final last month.
The former doubles partners had come to blows during the final, an incident which led to Bodin being suspended for two years while Maneepong received a three-month ban,
Ratchanok had said prior to the final that her aim was to win to help Thai badminton forget the sorry episode and she did so in fantastic fashion.
In the women's doubles, China's Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang needed three games to subdue South Korea's Eom Hye Won-Jang Ye Na, winning 21-14, 18-21, 21-8 in 69 minutes.
The triumph made up for the pair's disqualification from last year's London Olympics for match-fixing, a decision which denied them the chance to defend the title they had won in the Beijing Games four years earlier.
Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon poses for a picture with her trophy after winning her women's singles final against China's Li Xuerui at World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province on August 11, 2013. Ratchanok Inthanon won 22-20, 18-21, 21-14. -- AFP PHOTO
08-13-2013, 06:54 AM #353
08-13-2013, 07:07 AM #354
May even did it more meaningful and sweetly, She beat China's best WS player-The Olympic Champion Li Xuerui at the right time, right moment.. WC Final!!
limsy seriously you are May friend? ho ho how could it be? Then get me her autograph please
08-13-2013, 08:29 AM #355
08-13-2013, 08:42 AM #356
08-13-2013, 08:45 AM #357
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