Top Thai women's pairs advance at Princess event
published : 1 Feb 2023 at 04:00
newspaper section: Sports
Women's doubles top seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai comfortably beat their Thai compatriots Laksika Kanlaha and Phataimas Muenwong 21-10, 21-10 in the opening round of the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters yesterday.
The veteran duo needed just 29 minutes to advance to the second (last 16) round of the US$210,000 Super 300 tournament at Bangkok's Nimibutr Stadium.
Jongkolphan and Rawinda will next meet Baek Ha-Na and Lee So-Hee of South Korea, who defeated Taiwan's Hu Ling-fang and Lin Xiao-min 21-16, 21-14.
In other women's doubles first round matches, Thai sisters Benyapa and Nuntakarn Aimsaard, the second seeds, beat Francesca Corbett and Allison Lee of the US 21-10, 21-12.
Indonesia's Lanny Tria Mayasari and Ribka Sugiarto beat eighth seeds Ng Tsz Yau and Tsang Hiu Yan of Hong Kong 21-16, 21-19.
Indonesians Meilysa Trias Puspita Sari and Rachel Allessya Rose defeated Thailand's Pichamon Phatcharaphisutsin and Nannapas Sukklad 21-14, 21-18.
In today's action, Thailand's Sitthikom Thammasin takes on Denmark's Anders Antonsen in the men's singles first round.
Home star Kantaphon Wangcharoen meets Cheam June Wei of Malaysia, and Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto faces compatriot Christian Adinata.
India's Sai Praneeth B is up against Mads Christophersen of Denmark.
Several big-name stars withdrew from the tournament at the last minute due to injury or fatigue including Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon and Kunlavut Vitidsarn.