Ratchanok Inthanon is a female badminton player from Thailand that holds the distinction of being the youngest singles World Champion ever after she won the Championships in 2013 defeating Li Xuerui of China. Since 2009 she has earned 5 gold medals in national and continental badminton championships.
Ratchanok is the daughter of Winutchai Intanon and Kumpan Suvarsara. She started playing when she was six years old, and won her first championship at the age of seven. She made history by becoming the youngest-ever champion at the BWF World Junior Championships at 14 when she triumphed in Malaysia.
Ratchanok used the prize money and endorsement fees to support her family. Her father opened a food shop with her help. "I wanted to be a national player like my older friends and play for the country, because that was the only way I could help my parents to improve our status and leave poverty" she said.