ODENSE (Denmark): It’s easy to forget that Ratchanok Intanon is still a teenager and just like any other 18-year-old when she is not training, competing or studying political science at the Bangkok Thonburi University.
Ratchanok however is also the women’s singles world champion – the youngest ever world champion – after beating China’s Li Xuerui to the title two months ago.
Yet she does not let that stop her from enjoying the lifestyle of a regular teenager.
“I still go to class, usually once a week because of my training schedule, and my university helps me out a lot. I get private tutors in order to catch up and so that I can graduate on time,” said Ratchanok with a smile.
“When I’m not studying or training, I like to shop, watch TV and listen to music.
“But I would really love to become the prime minister one day when I complete my badminton career. That’s why I took political science,” said Ratchanok flashing another smile.