Thailand bag three titles in Thailand Masters
(*Credit image: The Nation)
Last year's women's singles champion Busanan Ongbamrungphan suffered an ankle injury and withdrew from this year's Princess Srivannavari Thailand Masters which ended on Sunday but the title remained with Thailand.
In an all-Thailand final Nitchaon Jindapol, the number one seed, defeated compatriot and third seed, national champion Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-11, 21-18 in a 45-minute match.
For Nitchaon it was also sweet revenge for her semi-final defeat to Pornpawee in the semi-finals in the national championships.
Nitchaon and Pornpawee made it an all-Thai final after beating their Malaysian opponents - Soniia Cheah and S. Kisona respectively in the semifinals on Saturday.
It was a great start for Thailand through Nitchaon and there was more to celebrate for the homesters as men's doubles Tinn Isriyanet-Kittisak Namdash ended the final day's play with a bang.
Tinn-Kittisak, who were playing in their first big international final carved out a thrilling 21-18, 11-21, 22-20 win over seventh seeds Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pangkaryanira-Ade Yusuf Santoso of Indonesia.
The Thai champions had earlier knocked out third seeds Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia, the Rio Olympics silver medallists and former world number one in the semi-finals in straight games 21-15, 22-20.
And they made the best of that moral bossting win over the Malaysians and ride on the momentum in the final.
Before that Thailand also clinched the women's doubles title through top seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul -Rawinda Prajongjai who stopped the Indonesian challenge from second seeds Anggia Shitta Awanda-Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani in straight games 21-19, 21-17.
Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto, 29, retained his men's singles title, using his vast experience to full advantage to subdue Malaysia's rising star Leong Jun Hao, 18 in straight games 21-16, 21-15 in a 43-minute final.
For the record Tommy is ranked 25 in the world while Jun Hao, the Asian junior champion and world junior runners up, is ranked 215 and is hailed as a player to watch in the shuttle sport.
Malaysia won the mixed doubles title through their Rio Olympics silver medallists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying. The fifth seeds defeated Thailand's top pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Puttita Supajarikul 21-15, 14-21, 21-16 which lasted a good 67 minutes.
RESULTS (ALL FINALS)
Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) beat Leong Jun Hao (Mas) 21-16, 21-15
Tinn Isriyanet-Kittisak Namdash (Tha) beat Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pangkaryanira- Ade Yusuf Santoso (Ina) 21-18, 11-21, 22-20
Nitchaon Jindapol (Tha) beat Pornpawee Chochuwong (Tha) 21-11, 21-18
Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai (Tha) beat Anggia Shitta Awanda-Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani (Ina) 21-19, 21-17
Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) beat Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Putita Supajirakul (Tha) 21-15, 14-21, 21-16