Badminton News: Thai hero Ratchanok Intanon’s bid for her second world title was shattered by Canada’s Michelle Li who successfully reached the quarter-finals at the 2022 World Championships.
Michelle Li secured the most memorable victory of her career as she controlled the windy conditions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium to claim a 25-23, 16-21, 21-13 win in 71 minutes.
Canada’s world number 13 is looking to bounce back from disappointing performances at the Indonesia Open, Indonesia Masters and Malaysia Open and use the repechage to his advantage.
It was his best performance ever at the World Championships and officials for Canada, who won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham three weeks ago, wanted more.
“It means a lot to me and it definitely pays off because I fought so hard and lost so many times to him,” Michelle said.
“The first game is about who can control the draft better. I think it’s about who is the boldest to hit a certain shot at the right time and I’m really happy to be able to stay in the crucial moments to win the game.”
“I’m also fit and focused on tactics rather than chasing and fighting for every shot. I feel good because it’s the first time I’ve beaten him (at the World Championships) and I want to fight. for medals and keep going.”
Ratchanok, the 2013 world champion, who had to make up for it by letting Michelle take the lead, was disappointed.
They trailed 13-18 in the first game and trailed 2-10 and 10-17 in the third game to end their campaign in the round of 16.
“It was hard to control the draft and mentally I was a bit depressed. I’m not after him either,” Ratchanok said.
It was only Michelle’s second win over Ratchanok in eight encounters and it couldn’t have come at a more important time.
Michelle Li will then meet Chen Yufei from China.
Tokyo Olympic champion Yufei beat Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-17, 17-21 and 21-10.
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