Thai ace pledges to bring home Olympic medal

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

BANGKOK—Thai­land’s 21-year-old bad­minton star Ratchanok In­tanon said Thurs­day she was “100 per­cent con­fi­dent” she would bring home a medal in the Rio Olympics, de­spite slip­ping from her top rank­ing last week. Ratchanok, known in Thai­land as Nong May, was crowned the world’s num­ber one women’s sin­gles player last month af­ter seal­ing three suc­ces­sive Su­per­series ti­tles in as many weeks. But she was bumped back to sec­ond place, be­hind Spain’s Carolina Marin, af­ter an elim­i­na­tion in last week’s 2016 Bad­minton Asia Cham­pi­onship. Ratchanok nev­er­the­less vowed to bring home Thai­land’s first ever bad­minton Olympic medal. “I am 100 per­cent con­fi­dent I will get a medal,” she told AFP from the court on the out­skirts of Bangkok where she prac­tises daily. —AFP

“We man­aged to stay united and soak up the pres­sure to try and pull it off. We’ve elim­i­nated a huge team in City. It has taken a lot to get to the fi­nal, but we de­serve it.”

The sec­ond leg of the semi­fi­nal was de­cided by a su­perb shot by Gareth Bale from a tight an­gle that de­flected off de­fender Fer­nando in the 20th minute and was marked down as an own goal.

Madrid ad­vanced with a 1-0 ag­gre­gate MADRID—In de­served to win. There was a lot of work by both sides in the two games, but not a lot of cre­ativ­ity.”

Af­ter fail­ing to win in Manch­ester, where Madrid played with­out Cris­tiano Ron­aldo be­cause of an in­jury, City faced a dif­fi­cult task at the Bern­abeu.

The hosts had a per­fect record in this sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion, win­ning all six home games and outscor­ing op­po­nents 19-0. Kolkata Knight Riders in­nings: Kings XI Pun­jab in­nings:

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