Happy Ground Thailand | Chan/Goh

With three back-to-back tournaments starting in Bangkok from next week, we examine which participant entered to the YYONEX Thailand Open (12-17 January) and TOYOTA Thailand Open (19-24 January) has won the most titles on Thai soil in the last five years.

We wrap this series up with a look at the mixed doubles category.

HAPPY HUNTERS

Players: Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying

World ranking: 7

Seed number in Thailand: 4

Titles won in Thailand since 2015: 2

Chan handing the Thai crowd a souvenir after the marathon final in 2018.

In recent years, Bangkok, and Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters in particular, have given Rio 2016 silver medallists Chan and Goh winning memories to cherish. The seasoned Malaysian pair reigned supreme at the competition twice in three years, sealing successive titles in 2018 and 2019.

Both successes came against home combo Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai, making victory that much sweeter. The finals were keenly contested, with the 2018 duel lasting an exhausting 67 minutes.

HOW IS THE RECORD OF THE TOP 10 SEEDS LIKE?

Among those seeded at the two competitions this month, only Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing (SCG Thailand Open 2016), Hafiz Faizal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (TOYOTA Thailand Open 2018) and Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith (Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2020) have triumphed in Thailand.

Widjaja and Faizal saw off the Adcocks in their final.

FUN FACT

Chae Yujung, seeded third alongside Seo Seung Jae this year, won Granular Thailand International Challenge 2015 with Choi Solgyu.

Chae (right) with her old partner Choi.

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