Ratchanok wins New Zealand Open for second title

Ratchanok Intanon wais the crowd in this Bangkok Post file photo.

Ratchanok Intanon won the US$120,000 New Zealand Open on Sunday, beating Saena Kawakami in the hard-fought women's singles badminton final.

The 22-year-old top seed took the first game 21-14 before the Japanese fifth seed evened the match after winning the second game 21-16.

Ratchanok made sure of earning her second title of the year by beating her opponent in the decider by 21-15.

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