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It was youth against experience in the All-England women's singles final and experience won, but the youngest-ever finalist, Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, forced the match to three sets. 

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Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon returns to India's Saina Nehwal during their All England Open Badminton Championships women's singles semi-final match in Birmingham, central England, which Ratchanok won in straight sets. AFP

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Nong May falls one set short in final

It was youth against experience in the All-England women's singles final and experience won.

Denmark's Tine Baun became the oldest All-England women's singles winner of the open era when she beat the youngest finalist Ratchanok Intanon in an uniquely emotional final.

The 33-year-old's 21-14, 16-21, 21-10 win over the 18-year-old brought to an end the career of one of the outstanding players of the last ten years, and the only woman to threaten Chinese dominance.

The Dane only decided to compete this year as a "last adventure" but instead, as seventh seed, surprised herself by winning the All-England title back and taking it a third time.

Her young Thai opponent, the youngest world junior champion at the age of 14, was not far from spoiling the script with her wonderful movement and wide range of strokes and looked a likely future champion.

Ratchanok had beaten the Dane three out their four previous encounters, but Baun seemed a bit better prepared for their biggest match, making a strong start and an even stronger finish.

After the match, Ratchanok openly admitted she was nervous and this had an effect on her game.

“I think maybe the excitement got the better of me and I couldn’t control myself. I felt very nervous. In the third set, I felt that I was not so tired but I was slower than at the start. I think as it was her last game she played excellently.”

Despite her loss last night, Ratchanok, better known among local fans as "Nong May," became the first Thai woman player to reach the final of one of the world's oldest and most prestigious badminton tournaments.

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semi-final (or semifinal) – one of the two games that are played immediately before the last game in a sports competition. The two people or teams who win the semifinals play each other in the last game, called the final, to decide who wins the competition  การแข่งขันกีฬารอบรองชนะเลิศ
straight sets –  (in tennis, badminton or volleyball) to win a match without losing any sets
youth – young people considered as a group เยาวชน, คนวัยหนุ่มสาว
experience – the knowledge and skill that you have gained through doing something for a period of time ประสบการณ์
open era – the time during which both professionals and amateurs are allowed to enter the same tournament
unique – being the only one of its kind  ซึ่งเป็นหนึ่งเดียว
emotional – related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general  อารมณ์
career – a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in  อาชีพ
outstanding – clearly very much better than what is usual ยอดเยี่ยม, ดีเด่น
threaten – to put at risk; to put in danger ทำให้ตกอยู่ในความเสี่ยง
dominance – control การมีอำนาจเหนือ, การครอบคลุม,  การควบคุม
adventure – an unusual, exciting and possibly dangerous activity such as a journey or experience, or the excitement produced by such an activity การผจญภัย 
seed – a competitor given a place on the list of those expected to win games in a particular competition because of the way they have played in the past ผู้ที่ถูกถูกจัดให้เป็นผู้แข่งขันชั้นนำ
title – the position of a winner in a sports competition  ตำแหน่งแชมป์
opponent – a person or team being competed against in a sports event คู่ต่อสู้
spoil – to destroy or reduce the pleasure, interest or beauty of something ทำให้เสีย
script – a written text of a play, film/movie, broadcast, talk, etc, in this case, a plan or dream of winning a sports competition ตัวเขียน,ต้นฉบับ, บท
range – a number of different things that are of the same general type   ประเภท, ขอบข่าย
encounter – a meeting between opponents in a sports competition การแข่งขัน
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it  ยอมรับ
nervous – anxious about something or afraid of something กระวนกระวาย
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
prestigious – admired and respected by people  ที่มีชื่อเสียง ที่ได้รับความนับถือ

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