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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisha View Post
    Whoever it is, Thailand supposedly has a small budget for their national training so it is a huge deal when they succeed given the circumstances they have to face!
    Imagine what they can do with a bigger budget then. I went to Thailand last year - dang, it's big business there and growing. It's going to grow exponentially now!

    Oh yeah, no aircon halls

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Imagine what they can do with a bigger budget then. I went to Thailand last year - dang, it's big business there and growing. It's going to grow exponentially now!

    Oh yeah, no aircon halls
    Yeah no kidding. Hopefully they get a bigger budget going forward. Would be great to see another badminton emerging super power!

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    Quote Originally Posted by renbo View Post
    Anyone knows who was coaching Ratcha during the WC? It was the usual old man coaching the Thai team.
    That's her coah from her club.

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    Sweet Factory Becomes Assembly Line for Badminton Gold


    By Wilawan Watcharasakwet and James Hookway
    The Wall Street Journal




    The House of Golden Tearsdrops’ badminton school grew from a single badminton court outside the dessert factory’s premises.
    BANGKOK—The House of Golden Teardrops, nestled among the sprawling northern suburbs of Bangkok, seems an unlikely hothouse for a new generation of badminton stars.


    But this dessert factory has already produced one world champion, and there could be more in the pipeline if its owners have any say in the matter.


    Thailand’s teenage world champion Ratchanok Inthanon first picked up a badminton racket here as a young child, after her parents moved to the plant from their home near the border with Cambodia to help make sweet dumplings and other Thai treats. The owner, Kamala Thongkorn, worried that young Ratchanok might run into vats of boiling water and super-heated sugar dotting the factory. She suggested that the girl might like to play badminton at the court built off to the side of the plant. Ms. Kamala’s sons were already showing promise and went on to represent their country.


    Today, one of Ms. Kamala’s sons, Pattapol Ngernsrisuk, 33, is Ms. Ratchanok’s coach. And the single badminton court attached to the factory has mushroomed into an 18-court badminton school that has attracted players from around the world–and is giving Thailand hope that it can churn out a slew of new players to compete at the highest levels of one of Asia’s most popular sports.




    Eighteen-year-old Ms. Ratchanok’s victory at last week’s world championships in Guangzhou, China, has already re-energized interest in a sport dominated by the likes of Indonesia, South Korea and China. Ms. Ratchanok is now a bona fide celebrity, retelling her rags-to-riches story on television talk shows and hobnobbing with the country’s prime minister. On Wednesday, she took part in a special exhibition doubles match with Bangkok’s unusually fleet-footed police chief, defeating her opponents with a flurry of deft slices and careening smashes.


    While Ms. Ratchanok’s natural talent is readily apparent to all, some badminton insiders are pointing to the less-well-known influence of the Banthongyod sweet factory.




    Morning practice at The House of Golden Tearsdrops, where Thailand’s teenage world champion Ratchanok Inthanon learned and honed her skills.
    Ms. Kamala used her earnings from the factory to hire a Chinese coach to train her sons as their careers blossomed. As her interest in the sport grew, she also built more courts and set loose the coach, Xie Zhuhua, on some of the other up-and-coming players, including a young Ms. Ratchanok.


    Seven years ago, Mr. Pattapol hung up his racket to help Mr. Xie coach a new batch of youngsters–and also teach his young charges some lessons learned from the international badminton circuit.


    Mr. Pattapol, who represented Thailand in the 2004 Olympics and was once ranked No. 9 as a doubles player, bristles at suggestions that Ms. Ratchanok’s success is the result of applying Chinese coaching techniques.


    “At first we coached the children following Chinese methods, which are very good for building up strength and speed,” he says as children thrash at shuttlecocks behind him. “But I often wondered why we couldn’t win. We would still lose to Malaysia and Indonesia.”


    “So,” Mr. Pattapol explains, “I added things I learned from international players to develop more skills. I needed to add more weapons–a knife and a gun,” or the fluid combination of the right shots and timing to kill an opponent.


    Today the school has 250 students, including around 40 who board at the premises, and 12 coaches, including three Chinese nationals who help build up the students’ speed and stamina. Mr. Pattapol’s is planning to install more exercise bikes and other gym equipment to better develop his players’ fitness, and he’s looking at adapting some techniques learned from sport psychologists, too.


    “The Chinese coaches mostly stay at the school, while I travel on the road with the players,” he says. “We have to show that we Thais can create our own champions.”


    Twelve-year-old Pattarasuda Chaiwan is one of Mr. Pattapol’s new protgs. Originally from Lampang in northern Thailand, Pattarasuda began playing at the age of five, mimicking her elder brother. She was invited to join the school after meeting Mr. Pattapol at a tournament in Chiang Mai, with her school fees paid by Ms. Kamala, who also sponsored Ms. Ratchanok. The matriarch’s investment quickly paid off, with Pattarasuda winning a junior tournament in Singapore at the age of 10 and defending her title the following year.


    Pattarasuda says she is now training hard to compete at her first senior event, the upcoming All Thailand.


    “I sometimes feel tired because of all the training,” Pattarasuda says, “but I don’t give up. I want to be a champion, just like May,” referring to Ms. Ratchanok by her nickname.


    The two share a bedroom at the school dormitory, where Pattarasuda rises every morning at 5.30 a.m. to fit in 90 minutes of practice before going to classes at a regular school at 7 a.m.


    The long-term goal from all this smashing and lobbing is to win Thailand a gold medal the next Olympics in 2016, says Ms. Kamala. It’s a goal Ms. Ratchanok says she shares.


    First, though, she wants to defeat one of the few players she has never beaten, China’s former world champion Wang Yihan, whom she might face at the China Masters tournament in September.


    Then, maybe, Ms. Ratchanok says, she and her teammates might be able to go to the beach for a bit of relaxation.

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    http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2013/08/16/a-sweet-factory-becomes-assembly-line-for-badminton-gold/

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    the way she play reminded me with Indonesian player Susi Susanti
    But Ratchanok Inthanon more agresive player

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    Quote Originally Posted by abc12345 View Post
    the way she play reminded me with Indonesian player Susi Susanti
    But Ratchanok Inthanon more agresive player
    Her strenght is that she is the complete player - she reads the game superbly, has brilliant footwork, amazing court craft, blinding defenses, superb strokes and control, fantastic fitness, sharp reflexes, power and humility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senior888 View Post
    Her strenght is that she is the complete player - she reads the game superbly, has brilliant footwork, amazing court craft, blinding defenses, superb strokes and control, fantastic fitness, sharp reflexes, power and humility.
    I think you covered all the points that a badminton player should have.

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    ratchanok is not unbeatable.
    it is dangerous for her and her fans to think that she already reach that level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limsy View Post
    ratchanok is not unbeatable.
    it is dangerous for her and her fans to think that she already reach that level.
    As far as Rat is concerned, I doubt she'll let this go to her head. Those brought up under poorer circumstances understand how hard they had to work to achieve success and will always carry this with them.

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    Hey madbad,

    We are not using that abbreviated version of her name out of respect to the player.

    Thanks

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    Is this her real blog?

    http://ratchanokintanon.blogspot.com/

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    Is this real rising star blog?

    http://ratchanokintanon.blogspot.com/

    I think I got ratchanok fever now..... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by abc12345 View Post
    Is this real rising star blog?

    http://ratchanokintanon.blogspot.com/

    I think I got ratchanok fever now..... lol
    It looked like its hers..But haven't updated since year 2011 though..

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    I read in the newspaper that RI have received a total of Thai Baht 10 million from the govt, sponsors,
    companies and well wishers.
    Kudos to her and family, it cannot happen to a nicer person!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abc12345 View Post
    Intragram : ratchanokintanon
    Facebook : ratchanok intanon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penwinack View Post
    Sweet Factory Becomes Assembly Line for Badminton Gold



    Twelve-year-old Pattarasuda Chaiwan is one of Mr. Pattapol’s new protgs. Originally from Lampang in northern Thailand, Pattarasuda began playing at the age of five, mimicking her elder brother. She was invited to join the school after meeting Mr. Pattapol at a tournament in Chiang Mai, with her school fees paid by Ms. Kamala, who also sponsored Ms. Ratchanok. The matriarch’s investment quickly paid off, with Pattarasuda winning a junior tournament in Singapore at the age of 10 and defending her title the following year.


    Pattarasuda says she is now training hard to compete at her first senior event, the upcoming All Thailand.


    “I sometimes feel tired because of all the training,” Pattarasuda says, “but I don’t give up. I want to be a champion, just like May,” referring to Ms. Ratchanok by her nickname.


    The two share a bedroom at the school dormitory, where Pattarasuda rises every morning at 5.30 a.m. to fit in 90 minutes of practice before going to classes at a regular school at 7 a.m.


    The long-term goal from all this smashing and lobbing is to win Thailand a gold medal the next Olympics in 2016, says Ms. Kamala. It’s a goal Ms. Ratchanok says she shares.


    First, though, she wants to defeat one of the few players she has never beaten, China’s former world champion Wang Yihan, whom she might face at the China Masters tournament in September.


    Then, maybe, Ms. Ratchanok says, she and her teammates might be able to go to the beach for a bit of relaxation.

    see more :
    http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2013/08/16/a-sweet-factory-becomes-assembly-line-for-badminton-gold/
    Wow, another young potential Thai girl champion, Ms Pattarasuda (10 years old), in the "Thai badm production machine". Very interesting that the Thai girls are making more headlines than the China girls in badm.
    Great for badm, so how about Thailand producing some women's doubles potential champion? The current crop of Thai women doubles players are not making much impact like the Thai ladies Singles.

    If Thailand can produce 2 or 3 good ladies pairing, then the Uber Cup will be much more interesting without having only China dominating (no offence to the Koreans )

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    Kamala Thongkorn -, This lady is amazing, if only every country had a Kamala Thongkorn, she should be praised by bwf would be nice to do a feature of her on the channel.

    The house of golden teardrops? sounds like something out of willy wonka. Does anyone know what the phrase golden teardrops means?

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