Dechapol, Sapiree win mixed doubles title at Korea Open

Dechapol, Sapiree win mixed doubles title at Korea Open

Ratchanok loses in final

Sapsiree Taerattanachai (left) and Dechapol Puavaranukroh pose with their gold medals after beating China's Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong during the mixed doubles final at the Korea Open badminton in Incheon on Sunday. (AP photo)
Sapsiree Taerattanachai (left) and Dechapol Puavaranukroh pose with their gold medals after beating China's Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong during the mixed doubles final at the Korea Open badminton in Incheon on Sunday. (AP photo)

Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai overcame world champions Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong on Sunday to win the Korea Open mixed doubles title in Incheon, their second badminton title of the year.

The mixed doubles aces handed their Chinese competitors only their second loss in their 10 meetings. The Thai world No.3 beat the World No.1 from China in straight sets 21-14, 21-13.

The Thai pair recorded their first win against Zheng and Huang in the semi-finals of the Singapore Open and went on to win the tournament back in April.

Sixth seed Ratchanok Intanon lost to He Bingjiao 21-18, 22-24, 17-21 after the Thai star could not close out the match in the second set.

Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, president of the Badminton Association of Thailand, credited the hard work of Dechapol and Sapsiree with keeping them in form to win their second title this year. With their consistent performances, the pair has a chance to win a medal at the 2020 Olympics Games in Japan, she added.


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