“I am so happy though I am not sure of all my emotions right now.
But it has exceeded all my expectations.” INTANON SETS RECORDS Although Ratchanok Intanon had already been world junior champion at the age of only 14 four years previously, she entered all sorts of new territory by reaching the women’s singles final.
Lee had hoped to win the Yonex All England Open title back but instead found himself frustrated with a new and younger Chinese rival, Chen Long, who fought off brave fight-backs from the favourite in each game to triumph 21-17, 21-18. Now the Chinese legend may have a successor as world number one.Certainly Chen’s marvellous ability to containment, and increasing judgement on when to make sudden attacks, suggested so.Has the Yonex All England Open ever had a more emotional finish than the women’s singles final of 2013?Tine Baun, twice the former champion, had been seeking “one last adventure” as a happy conclusion to her career.She only played her favourite tournament again as a memorable place in which to stop.
Instead she ended with the greatest triumph of her career.Her hug with Camilla Martin, her compatriot who won the title in 2002, threatened to envelop the former champion completely.“What’s happened is absolutely amazing,” Baun said.Nehwal, bitterly disappointed, disappeared quickly afterwards, but Intanon took all the extra attention in her stride as well as she had done in the match.“I played really well in the first game but she fought hard in the second,” she said. I was getting tired at the end.” Asked if she had achived her dream by getting to the All England final, she replied: “No, not until I have won it.This is a list of most gold medals won in a single Olympic Games.