The 20-year-old Buranaprasertsuk displayed no nerves as she came up against third seed Bae Youn Joo (picture), who like Buranaprasertsuk, entered Sunday’s final in search of an elusive gold medal from a Superseries event.
In the end, Youn Joo, who has lost two Superseries finals in recent times, suffered a heartbreaking loss when she was defeated 21-13, 21-16 in just 31 minutes.
A delighted Buranaprasertsuk, who had never beaten Youn Joo prior to Sunday’s match, said: “Youn Joo did not play her usual game and was slow. I improved my net play and I go into each match with the aim of getting the best result.
“I have never beaten her and I am very happy to have done it, at a Superseries event. But there is a lot more to learn and improve and I just want to work harder to improve my game.”
The duo will now travel to Malaysia where they will compete in the YONEX SUNRISE Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold tournament, the first competition which carries points towards Olympic qualification.
Women’s singles: Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Thai) bt Bae Youn Joo (Korea) 21-13, 21-16.