Thailand’s next female badminton star in the making is Pitchamon Opatniputh. Born in 2007, she has already achieved remarkable results in senior tournaments.
Similar to Thailand’s former women’s singles former World Champion, Ratchanok Intanon, Pitchamon is showing great results at a very young age. Her recent match against Carolina Marin at Thailand Open 2023 demonstrated why she is someone to watch in the near future. Check Ms. Opatniputh’s profile on BWF here
Who is Pitchamon Opatniputh – Thailand’s rising badminton star?
Born in Chiang Mai on 4 January 2007, Pitchamon began playing badminton at the age of 5. During her formative years, she rapidly improved her badminton skills and won many tournaments as a young player. She was initially trained by her father at the Thai Smile Badminton Club.
Nicknamed “Pink”, Pitchamon’s breakthrough came at the age of just 15 in 2022. She went through qualification to win the Bahrain International Challenge in November. Earlier in 2022 she won the Victor Denmark Masters also going through qualification. In January of 2022 she also won the Victor Swedish Open.
Her rapid rise in 2022 earned her a spot on the Thailand Uber Cup team.
Youngest female player representing Thailand at SEA Games
At the South East Asian Games in 2021, when Pitchamon was 15 years of age, she became the youngest-ever female player to represent her country. This is also the first time the press in Asia experienced her. As a result, she was dubbed the “Badminton Angel”. Apparently because of her looks and demeanor.
Here is one of her Instagram posts about the experience representing Thailand at SEA Games in Hanoi.
How far will this “badminton angel” reach?
Given her impressive results at a very young age, the badminton angel from Thailand has the potential to reach the top of women’s singles badminton. At the time of writing this, she is only 16 years of age. So a lot can happen – good and bad – in the coming years.
Reaching the very top of women’s badminton requires consistency, continuous hard work, focus, and dedication. Not to mention a competent team to take care of the training, coaching, diet, mental strengthening, etc.
The leaders and coaches at Thailand Badminton have proven themselves many times. So we think she is in good hands as far as her support system goes. If she can stay motivated and be patient in terms of how quickly she progresses, she’s got a really good chance of reaching the top 10 on the BWF Ranking.