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    Quote Originally Posted by abedeng View Post
    Yes, it was just after the Li Lingwei/Han Aiping era. Part of the reason China dipped during that period was that they began to use tall players with power, expecting that power alone could win matches. So Tang Jiuhong/Huang Hua/Ye Zhaoying didn't do too well when they can't last against Susi Susanti/Bang Soo Hyun, who had superior fitness.

    But the speed of the modern game is now such that floating on court is no longer fast enough. You need explosive movement, dives, sudden injection of pace and direction to take charge. Perfrectly shown by Ratchanok in her demolition of Sindhu - it's like playing with someone two classes down.

    When I look at videos of long ago matches, even the men's doubles felt really slow ........
    I remember the MS matches were very exciting though. Started watching badminton (don't play it) when I accidentally stumbled onto the Han Jian-Liem Swie King live match in a team competition (should be the Thomas Cup). Need to go search for these old videos to relive the memories.

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    RI has the skills to be in the top 3 easily, I just hope that she can improve her fitness. I'm sure she could have beaten Tina in the All England Open if she wasn't tired from the previous rounds.

    I don't usually watch WS but I enjoy watching her games, reminds me of Taufik's play style a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by ant01 View Post
    RI has the skills to be in the top 3 easily, I just hope that she can improve her fitness. I'm sure she could have beaten Tina in the All England Open if she wasn't tired from the previous rounds.

    I don't usually watch WS but I enjoy watching her games, reminds me of Taufik's play style a bit
    TTY have a similar style with taufik if u talking about backhand

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    Just started to notice Ratcha after she won the India Super Series as I was not really into WS games lately but her performance was very impressive. She plays with a very strong integrity and motivation yet she holds her sportsmanship on court. A superb young talent with a humble atitude on the court, I am very delighted to watch her games. Hope she can sort out her stamina issue and grab more golds in WS games.

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    Ratchanok powers up for world top-3 mission

    Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
    The Nation May 14, 2013 1:00 am

    World No 5 Ratchanok Inthanon has reset her sights for 2013, aiming to break into the world top three by the end of the year.

    The 18-year-old's fulfilled her initial goal with a Super Series win in New Delhi two weeks ago that catapulted her to a career high No 5. But now she has recalibrated her ambitions, with the world top 3 the first target before she launches an assault on the world No 1 spot.

    "I had hoped to finish the year in the top five, but I have already made it. So the next goal is to be in the top 3," said the three-time World Junior champion.

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    In this year ,May improve her physicly,technique and mentally because Banthongyod club (May' badminton club) changes the sponsor support to Singha Corporation.
    They have enough financial support to sent private coach (Pattharapol Ngernsrisuk) physiotherapist with her in every tournament.
    BY the way , her target reaching top 3 in this year is not easy because she did'n still pass Chinese dominance ( WYH,LXR,WSX) and she will win 2-3 SS event. But now she maturate and all more support , I hpoe she will in top3 in the end of year and expect she wil beat chinese dominance in this year.

    cheer up Ratchanok,Su Su

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    Ambition is good, but hope it won't bring her too much stress as it's not an easy task. Btw, people are talking about the chance of May getting the world's first rank. Which 'May' will achieve it first? It seems May - Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand's golf golden girl - born in 1995, the same year as Ratchanok) will do it first as Chinese badminton players won't succumb easily. Have to admit that it's an uphill task to beat them.

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    Good job for thailand and Ratchanok make history for 3rd place in sudimancup 2013.
    Congraze! Thailand fist step to improve thai badminton.
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    I feel she has a psychological barrier to overcome....which if conquered she stands a good chance to be no 1 at some stage in her career....

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    Quote Originally Posted by keenobserver View Post
    I feel she has a psychological barrier to overcome....which if conquered she stands a good chance to be no 1 at some stage in her career....

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    She certainly has as good a shots, if not better than any other WS player, and she is a complete natural for reading the game playing from such a young age. So all that is left for her to become no 1 is hard work - fitness, player homework and mental strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penwinack View Post
    Good job for thailand and Ratchanok make history for 3rd place in sudimancup 2013.
    Congraze! Thailand fist step to improve thai badminton.
    May i know who is the guy standing right of Ratchanok in the 4th pic? Saw him during Sudirman Cup and he's much better looking in person though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by george@chongwei View Post
    May i know who is the guy standing right of Ratchanok in the 4th pic? Saw him during Sudirman Cup and he's much better looking in person though.
    He is Pattharapol (private coach's Ratchanok ),you can see him still AE 2013.
    He did play national MD with Sudkate.
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    i think she will be able to break into world top 3 with a good performance in WC
    and a couple of final in the rest of the SS/PSS

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    Quote Originally Posted by limsy View Post
    i think she will be able to break into world top 3 with a good performance in WC
    and a couple of final in the rest of the SS/PSS
    I think by the end of this week she will be top 3. (Ranking table will show it 20th June)

    WR4 Wang yihan is out of IO so Rat is ahead of her in points now
    WR3 Julianne Schenk has to win on Thursday to stay ahead of Rat
    WR2 Saina has to come 1st or 2nd this week or will drop below Rat
    WR1 LX safe

    So if Julianne loses her next match and Saina fails to get to the final then
    Ratchanok will be WR #2!!

    If Julianne wins and Saina fails to get to the final then still Rat is number 3.
    If Julianne loses her next match regardless of Saina Rat is number 3

    Pretty good odds I would say since SN got Takahashi and JS got Hirose.

    I will eat my hat if IR is not top 3 by the end of this week!

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    Ratchanok @ Indonesia Open 2013.

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    That's Ratchanok?!
    All that make-up makes her look like a 26 year old woman.
    Not that that's a bad thing. It's just not the look of the enthusiastic youthful tigress of the court scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidget View Post
    That's Ratchanok?!
    All that make-up makes her look like a 26 year old woman.
    Not that that's a bad thing. It's just not the look of the enthusiastic youthful tigress of the court scene.
    just like everyone else, the young kids want to make themselves look old and mature. when they gets old, they want to look young again!

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