Doubles glory for Aimsaard sisters
Thai stars make short work of Korean pair
published : 6 Feb 2023 at 04:30
newspaper section: Sports
Thai sisters Benyapa and Nuntakarn Aimsaard delighted home fans by winning the US$210,000 BWF Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters at Nimibutr Stadium yesterday.
The second-seeded pair defeated Baek Ha-Na and Lee So-Hee of South Korea 21-6, 21-11 in just 33 minutes in the women's doubles final yesterday.
Benyapa and Nuntakarn, who were finalists at the season-ending World Tour Finals 2022, were the only Thai players competing for a title at the Super 300 event yesterday.
They took home the royally awarded trophy and the $16,590 (approx 547,000 baht) winners' cheque.
Baek and Lee received $7,980 (approx 263,340 baht).
It was the sisters' fourth World Tour title and second Super 300 crown.
Benyapa, 20, and Nuntakarn, 23, had a breakthrough season last year when they landed three titles including the India Open (Super 500), the Vietnam Open (Super 100) and the Hylo Open (Super 300).
They were also runners-up at the Korea Open (Super 500) and the Australian Open (Super 300).
The women's singles title went to world No.18 Zhang Yiman of China.
Zhang, who knocked out Thai hope Supanida Katethong in the semi-finals on Saturday, defeated fellow Chinese and fourth seed Han Yue in three games.
Seventh seed Zhang rallied after losing the opening game to win 15-21, 21-13, 21-18 in 55 minutes.
In the men's doubles event, fourth seeds Leo Rolly Carnando and Daniel Marthin of Indonesia were crowned champions.
They defeated Su Ching-heng and Ye Hong-wei of Taiwan 21-16, 21-17 in the title match.
Carnando and Marthin had beaten Thai duo Supak Jomkoh and Kittinupong Kedren in the semi-finals.
In the final of the men's singles contest, Lin Chun-yi of Taiwan upset fourth seed Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong 21-17, 21-14.
Sixth seeds Feng Yanzhe and Huang Dongping of China captured the mixed doubles title.
They fought back to defeat Seo Seung-Jae and Chae Yu-Jung of South Korea 18-21, 21-15, 21-12 in the 61-minute decider.