"I'm very happy because I can fight and can beat number one in the world right now," said the two-time World Junior Champion, who just picked up her second title two months ago in Taipei.
Her win was also a welcome piece of good news for Thailand and Ratchanok's hometown Bangkok, which is now besieged by a flooding crisis.
As the stadium bellowed "I Believe I Can Fly", Ratchanok said the first people she wanted to win for were her mother and father, who, along with her younger brother, are struggling in a home filled with water.
"They use their boat going out, and take some food and bring it back home," she said, through her coach and translator Song Pol, a badminton legend in his own right.
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