Tommy Sugiarto & Busanan Ongbamrungphan win Thailand Masters

Tommy Sugiarto poses for a trophy photo with runner-up Kantaphon Wangcharoen at 2017 Thailand Open. (photo: AP)

Bangkok: Men’s singles No. 3 seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia was in a class of his own when he needed only 40 minutes to beat local shuttler Kantaphon Wangcharoen  21-17 and 21-11 to claim the Thailand Masters title on Sunday.Tommy Sugiarto poses for a trophy photo with runner-up Kantaphon Wangcharoen at 2017 Thailand Open. (photo: AP)

The Thailand Masters was Sugiarto’s fifth Grand Prix Gold title of his career. He had previously collected Taiwan Open (2011), Russia Open (2015), Vietnam Open (2015), and Indonesia Masters (2015).

In a rematch of last October’s Thailand Open women’s singles final that won by the World No. 20 Aya Ohori of Japan, top seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand refused to let history repeat itself as Ongbamrungphan avenged her Thailand Open final defeat to Ohori with an almost flawless display in the Thailand Masters final on Sunday.

Combined her all around and super solid defence, Ongbamrungphan overcame Ohori 21-18, 21-16 and make the home crowd jubilantly celebrating her victory.

“Winning this title made me three times prouder than my all my previous titles. Because I was able to win it in front of the Thai fans,” said the 20-year-old Ongbamrungphan who fought back from a 0-6 deficit in the second game to win the match in 57 minutes.

Meanwhile, top seeds Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan of China saw off second seeds Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand 21-16 21-15 in 47 minutes to claim the women’s doubles crown.

China won their second title of the day through sixth seeds Wang Yilv and Huang Kaixiang, beating Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han of Taiwan 21-19, 21-21, 21-16 in men’s doubles final.

After losing their first set, fifth seeds Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui fought off a stubborn second seeded pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand in the second set, winning the mixed doubles title in a 3-set thriller 21-11, 20-22, 21-13.


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