An Se Young Triumphs in Grand Battle Against World Number 1 Players at the India Open 2024


Sat Jan 27 2024

India Open 2024
An Se Young
Ratchanok Intanon
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
Kanta Tsuneyama
Lee Zii Jia
Brian Yang

In an intense showdown at the India Open 2024, reigning women's singles champion An Se Young conquered the formidable challenge presented by Ratchanok Intanon, the former world number one from Thailand. Despite Intanon's experience and impressive performances in recent months, it was Young who emerged victorious with a hard-fought score of 16-21, 21-13, 21-16. Let's delve into the details of this thrilling encounter and Young's journey to success.

An Se Young, currently ranked 13th in the world from South Korea, initially struggled to adapt to the court conditions and Intanon's style of play. However, once she settled into the match, Young showcased her superb skills and steadily gained control. In a post-match interview, Young shared, "It took me some time to adjust to the court and then adapt to my opponent's (Intanon) style of play. But once I regained stability, I started playing better. I relied more on control rather than relying solely on my speed, which is why it took a while for me to adapt to the match's pace early on."

On the other hand, Intanon recognized that age may not be on her side, but her aim remains steadfast: to secure a medal for Thailand at the upcoming Paris Olympics. Intanon stated, "Sometimes, you know you have a good opportunity, but it can also be dangerous because you might rush or play shots prematurely during the match. She (Young) is playing at a higher level than me, so it's important for me to learn from her. My dream is to win an Olympic medal, so naturally, I want to achieve that."

Meanwhile, in the men's singles, Indonesia's fourth-ranked player in the world, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, faced a grueling battle against Japan's Kanta Tsuneyama, eventually securing a hard-fought victory of 16-21, 23-21, 21-17. Ginting expressed his appreciation for Tsuneyama's exceptional performance, stating, "It was a truly challenging match from start to finish. He almost completely controlled the game and nearly took both sets. I just want to thank him for playing exceptionally well. I respect him as my opponent. Today's match was an exciting one for both of us."

In another notable match, Malaysia's 10th-ranked player in the world, Lee Zii Jia, managed to avoid an early exit by defeating Canada's talented Brian Yang with a score of 21-17, 21-19. However, Lee expressed his struggle with being compared to the legendary Lee Chong Wei, stating, "I can't escape being compared to Lee Chong Wei. Only if I changed my nationality, but that is impossible. So, it's something I have to face throughout my career. If I lose, I will be a failure. So, for now, it's either success or failure. I have to face this pressure."

The India Open 2024 witnessed thrilling battles on the badminton court, with An Se Young emerging as the victor against Ratchanok Intanon in a gripping women's singles match. Young's ability to adapt to difficult situations and showcase her control and skills was commendable. As the tournament progresses, badminton enthusiasts eagerly anticipate more exhilarating matches and outstanding performances from both veteran players and rising stars in this highly competitive sport.

Tags: Badminton, India Open 2024, An Se Young, Ratchanok Intanon, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Kanta Tsuneyama, Lee Zii Jia, Brian Yang