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Thai duo settles as runners-up at All England

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Thailand’s hope to have their first champions at the All England evaporated as Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai lost the mixed doubles final to Preveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti of Indonesia on Sunday.

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The world No 3 duo took the opener 21-15 but their campaign came short in the following games, losing 17-21 8-21 after 62 minutes of battle.

“We were playing well in the first two games but they changed their game in the third and put us on the defence,” said Sapsiree.

Dechapol said: “We didn’t start well in the third game. We let them dictate play and they never let us get back into the game. However, reaching the final is beyond our target. We just hope that we will finally win in the future.”

The pair, however, received runners-up’s cheque of US$38,500 as a compensation. No representatives from Thailand have ever won a title at the All England.

The last Thai mixed doubles players to reach the final were Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkham in 2011.

Published : March 16, 2020

By : THE NATION