Irresistible Amnouy triumphs
Thai shocks Turkey's Seckin for singles title, teams up with Sujirat to claim doubles
published : 22 Sep 2019 at 04:01
newspaper section: Sports
The hosts secured two wheelchair gold medals at the Thailand Para-Badminton International 2019 as Amnouy Wetwithan retained her women's doubles WH1-2 title and also won the women's singles WH2 final.
"I'm so tired right now," said Amnouy, after she and partner Sujirat Pookham defeated Japan's Ikumi Fuke and Rie Ogura 21-10, 21-12 at Indoor Stadium, Hua Mark.
Amnuoy had earlier won her WH2 women's singles match against the top seed, Turkey's Emine Seckin, 21-16, 21-17.
In the same tournament last year, Amnuoy won silver in the women's singles and gold in the women's doubles but could manage only a silver medal at the Para-Badminton World Championships in Basel in August.
On home court, Amnuoy was unbeatable this week, making it through her singles and doubles group and elimination rounds without dropping a game.
"I went into both my matches today very confident and particularly in the doubles, I was able to read my opponents' moves quite well and that was the advantage my partner and I had over them," said Amnouy.
Not fully satisfied with her almost flawless performance this week, she added: "I'm grateful to Sujirat and the Thai team for their support but this win is mainly for all my hard work. Still, I know I need to continue to improve. I need to look at the mistakes I've made and ensure I correct them in the lead up to the Paralympics."
Sarina Satomi clinched the women's singles wheelchair 1 (WH1) gold for Japan defeating Germany's Valeska Knoblauch 21-17, 21-13.
The mixed doubles WH1-2 final was entertaining as Nina Gorodetzky and Amir Levi beat Cynthia Mathez (Switzerland) and Abu Hubaida (India) 18-21, 21-13, 21-14.
"Nina and I have a great partnership on the court," said Levi. bwfbadminton.com