Ratchanok Intanon was born to be a shuttler as she grew up at badminton courts. She was three months old when her parents moved from Yasothon to work at Banthongyord dessert factory in Nakhon Pathom _ and that was the beginning of Ratchanok the badminton player.
''I started playing badminton when I was six years old,'' she says on her Facebook page. ''I was so naughty that Mother Puk was worried that I could get hurt by the hot syrup so she took me to play badminton.''
Mother Puk, or Kamala Thongkorn, owner of Banthongyord factory, then set up a badminton facility near the factory, which is now Banthongyord badminton school.