Ratchanok through to NZ final

Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon defeated Hama Ramadini of Indonesia in straight sets (21-13, 21-17) to book her place in Sunday's final of the US$120,000 New Zealand Open badminton tournament.

Ratchanok will face Saena Kawakami of Japan, who defeated Fitriani Fitriani of Indonesia 2-1 (21-12, 17-21, 21-17) in the other semi-final at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland on Saturday. 

The Thai star, a former world No.1 who has been slowly coming back from injury trouble, is currently ranked ninth but is seeded first in the Auckland event. Her Japanese opponent is seeded fifth and is 29th in the world rankings.

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