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Intanon triumphs on home soil with first trophy of year

Ratchanok Intanon celebrated her first trophy of the year in the perfect arena as victory over Busanan Ongbamrungphan was enough for her to take the SCG Thailand Open 2017 crown.

In one of the most thrilling finals the SCG Thailand Open has seen, 2017 YONEX All England runner-up Intanon got the better of her Thai teammate to win in three games, with the gripping showcase lasting almost 90 minutes.

This match was a repeat of the 2013 final of the Grand Prix Gold tournament, where the then 18-year-old Intanon become the first Thai women’s singles champion having come from behind to win.

There was no such trouble this time around, as the top seed opened up to take the first game having raced into a 7-2 lead.

 

That advantage was consolidated with a 21-18 score, but Ongbamrungphan immediately responded in a contest where neither player looked likely to give anything away.

Indeed the 21-year-old came roaring back in excellent style in the second game, coming from behind to win seven consecutive points and race into a 9-4 lead.

And from that point Ongbamrungphan never looked back, with another run of six consecutive points seeing her to a 21-12 game – levelling the game up at 1-1 with very little to separate them.

With the SCG Thailand Open on the line in their home arena, it was understandable that the third and final game was a tight and tactical battle, with the lead changing numerous times in the middle part of the contest before Intanon turned on the style to close the game out.

That came in the form of five consecutive points to wrap up the contest, victorious against the fourth seed 21-18 12-21 21-16 in the US$120,000 tournament at the Nimibutr Gymnasium.

That was not the only Thai representation in the finals, with Chayanit Chaladchalam and Phataimas Muenwong reaching the women’s doubles final.

It wasn’t to be for the home favourites however, missing out 21-12 21-12 to fifth seeds Indonesians Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu.

Third see Sai Praneeth B. took the men’s singles crown, beating fourth favourite Jonatan Christie in another thriller, 17-21, 21-18, 21-19.

He Jiting and Du Yue of China were victorious in the mixed doubles, while fifth seeds Berry Angriawan and Hardianto Hardianto prevailed in the men’s doubles.