Nitchaon Jindapol led a trio of home winners at the Princess Sirvannavari Thailand Masters 2018 in Bangkok yesterday, winning the Women’s Singles crown over compatriot Pornpawee Chochuwong.
The top-seeded Thai won the first tournament on the HSBC BWF World Tour, pocketing the Super 300 crown in relatively comfortable style against Chochuwong, 21-11 21-18.
Jindapol (featured image) was mostly untroubled through the tournament, dropping a game only in the semi-final against Malaysia’s Soniia Cheah, 16-21 21-15 21-17.
It was a memorable day for home fans, with Jonkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai and Tinn Isriyanet/Kittisak Namdash winning the Women’s Doubles and Men’s Doubles respectively.
Top seeds Kititharakul/Prajongjai held off a spirited challenge from Indonesia’s Anggia Shitta Awanda/Mahadewi Istirani Ni Ketut, 21-19 21-17. The Thais had earlier survived two three-game matches in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
Indonesian veteran Tommy Sugiarto has had a mostly disappointing season since last February, but he returned to the scene of his last triumph – incidentally, this very tournament – and banked on his experience to outplay young Malaysian Leong Jun Hao, 21-16 21-15.
Leong, who came through qualifying, beat several higher-ranked players on his way to the final, including compatriot Zulfadli Zulkiffli, Indonesia’s Firman Abdul Kholik, Hong Kong’s Hu Yun, and Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen.
Mixed Doubles saw the return to form of Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and the injury-troubled Goh Liu Ying. Goh, who had undergone shoulder surgery a few months ago, put her troubles aside in the opening tournament of the new season as she and Chan made their way past local pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Puttita Supajirakul, 21-15 14-21 21-16.
The last two finals swung Thailand’s way, with Isriyanet/Namdash bringing curtains down on the event with a thrilling 21-18 11-21 22-20 result over Indonesia’s Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira/Ade Yusuf, giving them their biggest win of their young career.