World champion Ratchanok Intanon and Lee Hyun Ill were crowned Thailand Masters champions after contrasting victories in Bangkok on Saturday.
In the women’s final, World Champion Ratchanok Intanon came through a marathon one hour and 27 minute match against Yu Sun, eventually winning 21-19, 18-21, 21-17.
In the opener, the Thai second seed raced to a 11-6 lead, but soon after found herself 19-17 behind. However, Ratchanok won the next four points to take a one game to love lead.
Yu won the first three points of the second game, but was unable to keep up the pace in the middle stages. However, after leveling at 11-all, the fourth seed from China opened up a four-point lead. Ratchanok managed to bring the deficit down to two points and one stage, but was unable to keep up the pace and the match was forced into a decider.
The fourth seed continued where she left off in the third game, racing to a 6-1 and 10-6 lead before her illustrious opponent returned to the sort of form she showed in the opener. The Thai shuttler bounced back to level at 11-all after opening up a 17-13 lead, the writing was on the wall for Yu. To her credit, she won the next four points to set up a thrilling finale, but with the score on 17-all, the world number six showed why she is one of the hottest properties in the women’s game and won the next four points, and with that, the title.
In the men’s final, top seed Lee Hyun Il beat Hu Yu 21-18, 21-19 in 48 minutes.
The Chinese third seed made most of the running in the first game, opening up a 5-2 lead after winning the first point. The Korean battled back to level at 8-all, before Hu once again took the lead. Lee then leveled matters at 14-all and whilst there were never more than two points between then, the top seed saw out the rest of the game without incident.
The second game followed a similar trend initially, with Hu claiming a 6-3 advantage after the lead changed a couple of times early on. With the score on 11-all, the top seed made his move, which proved to be decisive. He raced into a 16-12 lead, an advantage the Korean never relinquished.