The 2019 Thailand Open is the sixteenth tournament of the 2019 BWF World Tour and has been held since 1984. The tournmanet has a total purse of $350,000.
A first victory for the Indians in the men’s doubles
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty became the first Indian team to make it through to the finals at the BWF Super 500-tournament with a three set victory. The world number 16 Indian team prevailed 22-20, 22-24, 21-9 against the 19th-ranked Korean team of Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol after battling hard for 63 minutes. It is the first final of the 2019 season for Rankireddy and Shetty, the men’s doubles silver medallist at 2018 Commonwealth Games. The unseeded Indian combination will face third seeds Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in the final on Sunday. Rankireddy and Shetty were slow off the blocks as the Korean pair had the better share of exchanges in the first game to lead 3-0 and then 11-10 at the break. But after the break, the Indians lifted their game and drew parity at 13 apiece before surging ahead 20-18. But Hyun and Cheol pocketed two consecutive points to draw level at 20-20. The Indians kept their composure and earned two crucial points to take the first game.
It was the other way round in the second game as the Rankireddy and Shetty came out positive to take a 3-0 lead initially. The Koreans, however, fought back with some smart play at the net and overhead smashes to lead 11-9 at the break, which they later extended to 19-12. But the Indians looked in no mood to surrender as they clawed back to make it 20-all. The two pairs fought tooth and nail before the Koreans eventually pocketed the second game 24-22 to stretch the match into the decider.In the final game, it was an easy victory for the Indians as their Korean rivals failed to sustain the tempo. Rankireddy and Shetty started aggressively and easily sealed the match. “I feel even though we had two match points in the second, we were able to win the decider quite comfortably because we kept our calm. We weren’t too eager to score a point. If we had a chance we went for it, rather than rushing and committing a mistake.”Chirag Shetty said. Chinese third seeds Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen will play unseeded Indian pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty for the men’s title.
China is also to find in the finals
Chinese men’s doubles partner Li Junhui / Liu Yuchen made it to the finals of the Thailand Open 2019 after defeating Japanese pair ‘destroyer’ Kevin Sanjaya / Marcus Gideon, Hiroyuki Endo / Yuta Watanabe. The couple, nicknamed the Twin Towers, defeated Endo / Yuta in a straight games match at the Indoor Huamark Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday local time. They managed to get rid of the Japanese couple who managed to repatriate the pair Kevin Sanjaya / Marcus Gideon in the quarterfinals with a final score of 21-13, 22-20 in just 38 minutes. Of course the Twin Towers step is fairly easy considering they did not meet with the Minions after Endo / Yuta defeated them in a fierce game match yesterday. Maybe if Kevin / Marcus were in prime condition and not so exhausted after entering the tournament twice in a row to the final round, maybe in the semifinals of the Thailand Open 2019 the results would be more different. However, what happens now is the victory of Li / Liu and finally they managed to reach the final after the two previous tournaments where they were eliminated in the semifinals after losing to Kevin / Marcus.
China’s Li Junhui/Liu Yu Chen were the first to book their place in the final of the TOYOTA Thailand Open 2019 when they beat Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe 21-13 22-20 in the men’s doubles. Li said, “Today we felt the venue was windy. We had to play in the direction of the wind and finally we managed to win. I felt satisfied with our performance because we both attacked and defended well. The atmosphere in the arena was good because there were many fans who cheered for us. It made me feel happy.” Evaluating their performance, Yuta Watanabe said, “The Chinese pair play very high-level badminton not just in strength and fitness but skill and strategy too. We’ll have to go back and look at ways to improve ourselves on all that. “
Ratchanok Intanon in the final in women’s singles
Two-time winner Ratchanok Intanon edged a thriller against compatriot Pornpawee Chochuwong to reach the final of the Thailand Open on home soil Saturday. Former world champion Ratchanok, 24, cut Pornpawee’s rousing comeback short as she won in three games 23-21, 17-21, 21-19 in front of a packed home crowd. In Sunday’s final she will face Chinese top seed Chen Yufei, who is yet to drop a game after beating Sayaka Takahashi 21-16, 21-19. While eager to please her fans and reward them with a win for their support, Intanon believes it will not be easy as Chen has been in top form all week, “I’m glad today is over but now I need to study Chen’s game and prepare for tomorrow.” Ratchanok faced unseeded Pornpawee in a boisterous atmosphere at the Indoor Stadium Huamark as the former world number one continued her quest for a third title in Bangkok. Victory was sheer jubilation for the third-seeded Ratchanok, who had to dig deep as she found herself trailing in the third game before recovering aggressively. Elsewhere, Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan beat Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia in straight games to reach the men’s final, where he will play reigning champion Kanta Tsuneyama or Hong Kong’s Angus Ng. Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon is a two-time winner in Bangkok.
Who won in the women’s doubles?
The women’s final will see Du Yue and Li Yinhui, the eighth seeds from China, play Japanese seventh seeds Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto.
Taiwan in the final in men’s singles
Taiwan’s top male badminton player Chou Tien-chen defeated his Malaysian opponent Saturday to reach the final of the 2019 Thailand Open in Bangkok Saturday. The 29-year old Chou beat Lee Zii Jia 21-14, 22-20 in the semifinal match at the Indoor Stadium Huamark, marking his third victory against his opponent in five of their previous encounters. Chou, the World No. 3, is aiming for his second championship title Sunday, after bagging his first trophy at the Indonesia Open in July.
Unseeded Ng reaches final
The pre-tournament withdrawals of the top two seeds in the men’s singles, Japan’s Kento Momota and China’s Shi Yuqi, raised the possibility of a lower ranked player making it deep into the BWF Super 500 event. The draw opened up for Hong Kong’s Ng when fourth seed Chen Long of China lost in round one, and meant he did not have to face a seeded player until coming up against Japan’s Tsuneyama today. Ng rose to the occasion, triumphing 21-9, 23-21 in 43 minutes. He is set to play third seed Chou Tien-chen in the final after the Chinese Taipei player defeated unseeded Malaysian Lee Zii Jia in straight sets.
An moving on to the finals in the mixed doubles are…
Yuta Watanabe may have missed his chance at the men’s doubles title but he has a shot at the mixed doubles with partner Arisa Higashino after they ousted Hong Kong China’s Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet, 21-14 21-9.
Thailand Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai failed to live up to the expectations of the local fans as they succumbed to China’s Wang Yi Lyu Huang Dong Ping 22-20 11-21 in the mixed doubles.
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