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Pornpawee stuns Olympic champion to win Barcelona Spain Masters

Feb 24th, 2020
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Thailand's 22-year-old Pornpawee Chochuwong pulled off a stunning win over reigning Olympic champion and home favorite Carolina Marin to win the women's singles in the Barcelona Spain Masters on Sunday.


The sixth-seeded Thai came back from a game down to stun the top seed with an 11-21, 21-16, 21-18 win at Vall D'Hebron Olympic Sports Centre - her first win the Spaniard in six encounters after a 77-minute battle.


The partisan home crowd did not rattle the 20th ranked Pornpawee who gave a sublime performance to snatch a great win over the former World No 1 who is now ranked No 8.


Thailand, however, failed to clinch a double in the singles when three-time world junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn fell to top seed and defending champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in straight games 21-16, 21-13 in the men's singles final. It was the first meeting between the two players.


Two other titles went Asia's way - the mixed doubles and the women's doubles.


Unseeded Koreans Kim Sa Rang-Kim Ha Na continued their winning ways in Barcelona by taking the mixed doubles with a 15-21, 21-11, 21-10 win over French pair Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue, the sixth seeds.


Indonesian top seeds Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu played a marathon 96-minute final in the women's doubles before prevailing 18-21, 22-20, 21-17 against Bulgaria's third seeds - Stoeva sisters Gabriela and Stephani.


The men's doubles went to Denmark's fourth seeds Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen who upset top seeds Lee Yang-Wang Chi-Lin of Chinese Taipei 21-7, 21-19.

RESULTS (All Finals)


Mixed doubles
Kim Sa Ran-Kim Ha Na (KOR) beat Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue (FRA) 15-21, 21-11, 21-10


Women's doubles
Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu (INA) beat Gabriela Stoeva-Stephani Stoeva (BUL) 18-21, 22-20, 21-17


Women's singles
Pornpawee Chochuwong (THA) beat Carolina Marin (SPN) 11-21, 21-16, 21-18


Men's singles
Viktor Axelsen (DEN) beat Kunlavut Vitidsarn (THA) 21-16, 21-13


Men's doubles
Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (DEN) beat Lee Yang-Wang Chi-Lin (TPE) 21-17, 21-19

 


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