US Open: Thais in Line for Double

Pakkapon Teeraratsakul and Phataimas Muenwong gave themselves a shot at a double as they made two finals at the YONEX US Open 2024.

Teeraratsakul and Peeratchai Sukphun upset top seeds Ben Lane/Sean Vendy in the opening match on semifinals day, holding their nerve at the end of an 80-minute match, 21-18 15-21 21-18. The world No.38 pair are now one win away from their first title of the season, having fallen in the title round of the PRINCESS SIRIVANNAVARI Thailand Masters in February.

The Thais face new Chinese Taipei combination Liu Kuang Heng/Yang Po Han.

Later in the day, Teeraratsakul teamed up with Phataimas Muenwong for the mixed doubles semifinals and the world No.42 pair overcame Germany’s Jan Colin Voelker/Isabel Lohau 15-21 21-18 21-16.

Jesper Toft and Amalie Magelund

The closest match of the semifinals was in the other half of mixed doubles, with Denmark’s Jesper Toft/Amalie Magelund holding off Chinese Taipei’s Lu Chen/Lee Chih Chen 22-20 22-24 21-17.

Thailand had a good day overall, with Muenwong and Laksika Kanlaha cruising past Japan’s Rui Hirokami/Yuna Kato.

They face another Japanese pair in the final. Rin Iwanaga/Kie Nakanishi made their third final of the year beating local pair Annie Xu/Kerry Xu 21-12 21-17.

For the home fans, Beiwen Zhang ensured local representation for Sunday’s finals as she overcame Hina Akechi 21-12 23-21. Up next will be another Japanese, Natsuki Nidaira.

The men’s singles final will feature China’s Lei Lan Xi against Japan’s Yushi Tanaka.


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