Badminton: Thai teen Ratchanok stuns Olympic champ Li to take women's world title

Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon (right) raises her trophy at the podium after defeating China's Li Xuerui during their women's singles final match at the 2013 Badminton World Championships in Guangzhou, Guangdong province on Sunday, Aug 11, 2013. -- PHO
Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon (right) raises her trophy at the podium after defeating China's Li Xuerui during their women's singles final match at the 2013 Badminton World Championships in Guangzhou, Guangdong province on Sunday, Aug 11, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GUANGZHOU (AFP) - Thai teenager Ratchanok Intanon took the world women's title in Guangzhou on Sunday in a massive upset, beating Chinese Olympic champion Li Xuerui 22-20, 18-21, 21-14.

Ratchanok, 18, becomes the first Thai player to win gold at the world championships after defeating 22-year-old top seed Li, who was gunning for her first world title.